The Pakistan Cricket Board suggested India to play their matches of Asia Cup 2023 at neutral venues. While PCB also told that the other teams can play their matches in Pakistan. PCB has sent their proposal to Asian Cricket Council(ACC).
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Earlier BCCI had refused to travel Pakistan for playing their matches in Asia Cup 2023 due to the political tension between two countries.
“We have decided on this hybrid model that Pakistan plays its Asia Cup matches at home and India their matches at a neutral venue and that is our proposal to the Asian Cricket Council,” said Sethi, who took over as the PCB chairman from former cricketer Ramiz Raja, during a press conference.
The tentative dates of Asia Cup 2023 will be from September 2 to 17. Apart from the arch-rivals India and Pakistan, the other countries like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh will also participate in the tournament. One team will make it from the ACC qualifiers, which is being conducted in Nepal.
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During the press conference, PCB chairman Najam Sethi also told, “We have been told that, maybe, the ice will keep on melting. If this happens when the Champions Trophy is held in Pakistan in 2025, India would consider playing in Pakistan. We have been advised to play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue and also go to India for the World Cup.”
PCB chairman also gave a hint of playing the ICC 2023 World Cup in the same way like shifting Pakistan’s matches to a neutral venue. He told, “We feel this hybrid experiment can also be applied when it is time for the World Cup. Our stance is that everything should be on a reciprocal basis. In the old times, yes there were security issues in Pakistan. But now there are no issues, so what is India’s excuse for not playing in Pakistan.”