Has PCB suggested a new proposal for Asia Cup?
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suggested a new proposal for the Asia Cup that suggests that the matches should be played in two different phases, according to sources.
The new proposal suggests that in the first phase, all the teams except India will play one match in Pakistan in the first phase. In the second phase, all the teams including India will complete their remaining matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The new model suggests that the final match will also take place in the Gulf country.
Earlier, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suggested a “hybrid model” to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for the Asian event with India’s matches scheduled offshore.
However, that model was reportedly rejected by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The members of the ACC will present the new plan to Indian cricket board secretary Jay Shah before making the final decision.
Meanwhile, PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi has left for England after discussing the new proposal with ACC members in Dubai.
It must be noted that in October last year, Pakistani cricket authorities hinted they may pull out of next year’s World Cup in India, a day after officials there said they would not send a team to the 2023 Asia Cup in Pakistan.
Shah had said that India “can’t” send a team to Pakistan, adding the tournament would be moved to a neutral venue.
His announcement caught Pakistan by surprise, with officials warning it could “split” the international cricket community.