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BCCI Accepts Pakistan’s Plans for Asia Cup 2023

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BCCI Accepts Pakistan’s Plans for Asia Cup 2023

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In a major breakthrough for cricket fans across the subcontinent, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly given its approval to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) hybrid hosting plan for the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023. According to sources, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has endorsed the proposal, which entails hosting four matches in Pakistan while the rest will be held at a neutral venue that is yet to be determined.
This decision marks a significant departure from the initial stance of the BCCI, which had declined to send the Indian cricket team to Pakistan and instead advocated for a neutral venue. The primary concern for the BCCI has always been the safety and security of its players, and they believe that these can be better ensured in neutral territory. With the PCB’s hybrid hosting plan, a compromise has been reached that aims to balance the interests and concerns of both boards.


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Details of the Plan

The official announcement from the ACC regarding this decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks. As per Sethi’s model, the neutral venue for India’s matches will be determined through mutual coordination among the ACC member countries, with a focus on the financial aspects.

In the case that Sri Lanka is chosen as the neutral venue, the source clarified that Pakistan would expect a fair financial return for the Pakistan-India matches played there. The amount should not be less than what the Indian cricket board earned from hosting the 2022 Asia Cup matches between the two countries, estimated to be over half a million dollars. If the ACC guarantees this amount, the PCB will be open to agreeing with Sri Lanka as the neutral venue for the remaining matches.

The news of ACC’s acceptance of the hybrid model proposed by Sethi is expected to be shared with all the cricket boards involved in the Asia Cup within the next few days. However, the finer details and arrangements will be finalized in an upcoming ACC meeting.

Before the Decision

The Asia Cup 2023 was initially planned to have four matches hosted at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with the remaining matches set to take place at the Dubai International Stadium. The PCB has argued that Dubai offers a more lucrative market for ticket sales compared to venues in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The recent developments have raised concerns and sparked discussions about the potential impact on Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup, scheduled later this year. Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB Management Committee, has stressed the need for a reasonable approach to address the impending crisis.

Sethi believes that if India refuses to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup, it could jeopardize Pakistan’s chances of traveling to India for the World Cup. This situation could lead the Pakistani government to restrict the team from crossing borders, which would have serious implications for the game of cricket.

Conclusion

The BCCI’s acceptance of the hybrid hosting model proposed by the PCB is a significant step forward in resolving the issues surrounding the Asia Cup and ensuring the successful staging of the tournament.

The success of these negotiations will not only determine the fate of the Asia Cup but will also have a broader impact on the future of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.


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