PCB opposes Asia Cup venue shift to Sri Lanka, may boycott continental event

KARACHI: Pakistani cricket officials have opposed the transfer of this year’s Asian Cup to Sri Lanka and are seriously considering boycotting the regional tournament if their proposal is not accepted by the Asian Cricket Council.
Head of Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Seti met with Asian Cricket Council officials in Dubai on Tuesday and objected to the decision to move the Asian Cup to Sri Lanka instead of hosting it in the United Arab Emirates.
“Sethi pointed out the ACC should accept the revised schedule of Pakistan’s proposed hybrid model for the Asian Cup and if the majority of the members wish to have it elsewhere, it should be held in the United Arab Emirates as in 2018 and 2022.
“Sethi denied BCCI’s concerns conveyed to the ACC that it would be too hot to play in the UAE in September by pointing out today that BCCI held their IPL in the UAE from September to November 2020,” said one. reliable source in the pcb said.
“I can tell you that Sethi has brought a new schedule of hybrid models to ACC and that’s a proposition they shouldn’t turn down right now,” he revealed.
The source said the PCB was surprised to hear that the Sri Lankan board, with backdoor support from the BCCI, had told the ACC that they wanted to host the Asian Cup this year.
“It came as a surprise because earlier in the last ACC board meeting in February, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan had rejected the Lankan proposal and it was agreed that Pakistan would remain the ‘host.”
Before leaving for Dubai, Sethi had told his officials to start working to organize a 3-4 nations event in Pakistan this year in the Asian Cup window if the continental event is not held in the country.


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