Asia Cup Without Pakistan: Now, Pakistan would have to agree to play in Sri Lanka if they wanted to participate in the Asia Cup, which makes things very interesting.
Mumbai: In the midst of much hypothesis around the Asia Cup 2023, the most recent is that the Leading group of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to dismiss Pakistan’s crossover model to have the mainland title. According to a report in The Telegraph, an official announcement will be made soon. According to the same report, all other nations, with the exception of Pakistan, have agreed to play in Sri Lanka. Now, Pakistan would have to agree to play in Sri Lanka if they wanted to participate in the Asia Cup, which makes things very interesting.
Pakistan could also pull out of the ODI World Cup in India if the BCCI rejects the hybrid model. If the BCCI presses for a change in the Asia Cup’s location, the PCB has maintained that they will not participate in the tournament in India.
Asia Cup could take place without Pakistan
Without Pakistan, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) could proceed with this year’s Asia Cup.
As per a report by The Message India, the occasion could happen in Sri Lanka rather than Pakistan.
“Pakistan will be categorically told at the next executive board meeting of the ACC that all other participating nations have agreed to play in Sri Lanka. PCB, the designated hosts for this edition, is not finding any takers for its proposal and has to abide by playing in Sri Lanka or pull out,” the report stated.
“India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be the four teams in the fray if Pakistan do not participate. Whether a fifth team will be included is yet to be decided,” it added.
It is important to note that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and wants to make sure it takes place at a neutral location. In any case, the PCB isn’t keen on facilitating the occasion outside Pakistan since it would influence its endeavors concerning the arrival of global cricket in the country.
The hybrid model, which the PCB proposed and included four of the group stage matches in Pakistan with the remainder of the tournament taking place at a neutral venue, is also unlikely to be accepted by the BCCI.
Najam Sethi, who is in charge of the PCB Management Committee, had earlier called for a rational approach to deal with the looming crisis that could stop the country from hosting the Asia Cup and playing in the ODI World Cup this year.
Sethi stated to the media during the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) that the Pakistan team’s chances of attending the ODI World Cup in India are slim.
“In case of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan to compete in the Asia Cup, chances are there that the Pakistan government would not allow the Men in Green to cross the borders for their World Cup participation. In that case, cricket will be the ultimate sufferer,” Sethi said.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is getting ready for an Asia Cup without Pakistan, which could have a big impact on Babar Azam’s team’s ability to play in the World Cup in India in October and November.
The other nations have been made aware by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also chairman of the ACC, that they will not adhere to the “hybrid model” that was proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi. Shah stated that the tournament should only be held in Sri Lanka during his recent informal discussions with the heads of member nations in Ahmedabad.
The PCB’s suggestion of a “hybrid model” in which all India matches and four out of five matches would be played in Dubai has been rejected. India has refused because of the scorching heat in the United Arab Emirates in September.
According to sources who spoke with The Telegraph, Pakistan will hear straight from the ACC’s executive board that all other participating nations have agreed to play in Sri Lanka. PCB, the designated hosts for this edition, is unable to attract any interested parties to its proposal, so they must either play in Sri Lanka or withdraw.
If Pakistan does not take part, the competition will be between India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Whether a fifth group will be incorporated is still in question.
Pakistan may consider extreme measures in response to India’s refusal to visit Pakistan and its disregard for the “hybrid model.” Greg Barclay, chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and Geoff Allardice, CEO, are currently in Lahore in search of assurances from Pakistan regarding its participation in the World Cup.
According to reports, the PCB informed ICC executives that it must obtain government approval before participating in the World Cup. Barclay and Allardice have had a few rounds of gatherings with the PCB authorities on Monday and Tuesday.
“If the government says that we can play in India for the World Cup despite India not touring Pakistan for the Asia Cup then we will be ready to so,” Sethi told The Telegraph earlier this month.
If Pakistan wants to play their Cup matches at a neutral venue, the BCCI will also not agree. The PCB and ICC have been conveyed the message, “Play in India or nothing.” The World Cup schedule is likely to be announced at the World Test Championship final in London next week.
On Thursday, the PCB will issue a press release regarding the ICC visit.
What Is The Hybrid Model?
Therefore, the tournament will be divided into two halves according to this hybrid model. With the exception of India, all teams in the first half will travel to Pakistan to compete against one another. India will play its matches in a neutral location in Sri Lanka or the United Arab Emirates during the second half. As things stand, many groups are restricting UAE for the intensity and Sri Lanka could wind up facilitating Rohit Sharma and Co’s matches. Even if India does not qualify, the final will be held at the neutral location.