PCB Will Sacrifice Asia Cup as BCCI Preparing for Five-Nation Tournament:
Pakistan is scheduled to host the Asia Cup in September, but due to political tensions between India and Pakistan, the Indian cricket team has declined to participate. In an effort to resolve the situation, Pakistan suggested a hybrid model during the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, where the participating teams would play their matches in Pakistan, except for the Indian team, which would play in another country.
The ACC President Jay Shah initially showed interest in the proposal, but upon returning to India, he opposed it. Recently, Shah stated that the council is awaiting feedback from other participating countries before finalizing the venue for the Asia Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected the idea of holding the entire event in another country, while Sri Lanka and the UAE have expressed interest in hosting the event. However, if the PCB remains firm on its stance regarding the hybrid model, the event may not take place this year, and the PCB reportedly prepared for such a possibility.
The BCCI is also anticipating the cancellation of the Asia Cup and has started planning for a five-nation tournament during the window left vacant by the event’s cancellation. The PCB believes that the issue needs to be resolve now to avoid future complications, particularly with regards to hosting the Champions Trophy in 2025. Additionally, sources reveal that the cricket boards of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had made an unofficial attempt to convince Pakistan to hold the Asia Cup at a neutral venue, but were unsuccessful.