KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board will support Sri Lanka in its bid to host the Asian Cup from August 27 despite civil and political unrest in the island nation.
Sri Lanka has managed to successfully host the Australian cricket team without any security breaches despite civil unrest after former President Gotabaya Rajapakse fled the country amid an acute financial crisis.
A pcb A source said President Ramiz Raja spoke to senior SLC officials and assured them that Pakistan would push for the Asian Cup to remain in Sri Lanka as scheduled from August 27 to September 11.
“The PCB chairman assured his counterpart that Pakistan is keen for Sri Lanka to host the regional event as it will mean revenue for the host country and also boost its tourism,” the source said.
The source also said that the PCB has also assured the Sri Lankan cricket authorities that the Pakistani team will play their test matches in Galle and Colombo despite the ongoing unrest in the country.
He informed that although no formal meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is scheduled for the next few days, all members present at the next ICC Board meeting in Birmingham from 22 August will give them the opportunity to discuss a range of issues, including hosting rights for the upcoming Asian Cup in Pakistan.
“As all ACC members will be present, there will be discussions on the sidelines and Pakistan is clear that Sri Lanka must host the Asian Cup unless their board decides otherwise. “, added the source.
“Pakistan’s view is clear that they have a long standing relationship with Sri Lankan cricket and the two have always supported each other when needed.”
Raja to protest against BCCIrequest for larger IPL window
It is a well-documented fact that Raja, a former Pakistan captain, is against BCCI’s decision to have a dedicated two and a half month IPL window in the upcoming FTP schedule from 2023.
With Pakistani players not allowed in the IPL since the Mumbai terror attacks, Raja feels there is no reason he could support BCCI’s decision.
“Pakistan’s position is clear. Given that its players are not allowed to play in the IPL and BCCI has no bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, what will it gain to support an extended IPL window,” the source queried.
A country’s cricket board receives 10% of their player’s earnings if they are lucky enough to play in the IPL.
“If BCCI pushes for an extended IPL window, Ramiz will insist that a country should not be isolated and hurt while other councils profit from it.”
Rope PCB in Adelaide Oval’s Chief Curator
The PCB has apparently shelved the idea of ​​importing free slots and has now hired an Australian curator to help improve their slots in major international venues.
Adelaide Oval Chief Curator Damien Hough, who is due to arrive in Lahore on Friday, will also brief local curators on how to prepare for day and night Test matches in Pakistan.
Hough will be in Pakistan for two weeks and he will visit Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi on his whirlwind tour.
He will inspect the grounds there and also give lectures and briefings to field staff and local curators.
Hough is considered one of the best curators in the world with 26 years of experience.



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