Last update: May 01, 2023, 3:49 PM HST
The 2022 Asian Cup was held in the United Arab Emirates. (AFP photo)
The 2023 Asian Cup is to be played in Pakistan but the BCCI refused to send its team citing the refusal of authorization by the Indian government
The dark clouds over the 2023 Asian Cup continue to hang with a latest report claiming that cancellation of the tournament is a real possibility now since the standoff between the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board at the venue broke. continues.
PCB had proposed a hybrid model after BCCI secretary Jay Shah cited the Indian government’s refusal to send its team to this year’s Asian Cup in Pakistan.
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According to the proposal, all participating countries except India will play their matches in Pakistan. The Indian team had to play its matches in a neutral venue.
However, Shah, who is also chairman of the Asia Cricket Council (ACC), said last month that the BCCI was awaiting comments from other nations to finalize the venue.
“We are awaiting comments from other nations to finalize the venue for the 2023 Asian Cup and clarification on the India-Pakistan game,” Shah said in April.
The BCCI has suggested staging the Asian Cup at a neutral venue and the PCB vehemently opposes this.
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According to Cricket Pakistan, if PCB does not change its stance on the hybrid model, it is ready to cancel the continental tournament.
The publication further reported that the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket boards tried unsuccessfully to convince PCB to move the event to a neutral venue.
There are also rumors that BCCI are planning a five-nation tournament in case the Asian Cup doesn’t take place.
In the past, the PCB has threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup to be hosted by India later this year in case the BCCI refuses to play in Pakistan.
While he has come up with a hybrid model, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi wants it to be followed at the World Cup in India for his team as well.
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“We believe that this hybrid experience can also be applied at the time of the World Cup. Our position is that everything should be done on a reciprocal basis. In the past, yes, there were security problems in Pakistan. But now it there are no more problems, so what is India’s excuse for not playing in Pakistan?” Sethi said in April.
India last toured Pakistan in 2008 for the Asian Cup. However, due to heightened diplomatic tensions between the two nations, bilateral cricketing relations between the two teams have been suspended.
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