The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed its willingness to take part in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, following the hybrid plan put forth by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
This decision comes after PCB successfully gained support from various Asian teams for their recommended approach to organizing the tournament.
However, the BCCI has set a condition for their agreement, seeking written assurance from Pakistan regarding a visit to India for the World Cup 2023.
BCCI’s Decision Pending Special General Meeting on May 27: Media reports suggest that the Indian cricket authority will determine the final decision regarding this matter after their upcoming Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for May 27.
PCB’s Counter-Plan: In response, the PCB has devised a counter-plan, wherein India requested to provide written confirmation to participate in the Champions Trophy 2025 scheduled to take place in Pakistan.
Support from Asian Teams: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal have already confirmed their availability for the hybrid model proposed by the PCB.
Hybrid Model Options Presented by PCB:
The PCB has presented two options under the hybrid model for the Asia Cup 2023.
The first option suggests that India play their matches at a neutral venue, while all other matches would hosted in Pakistan. The second plan involves dividing the event into two phases.
The initial phase would take place in Pakistan, excluding India, while the second phase would be held in the UAE.
The BCCI’s willingness to participate in the Asia Cup 2023 under the hybrid plan proposed by the PCB indicates progress towards resolving the hosting concerns.
The BCCI’s Special General Meeting expected to make the final decision, while the PCB will present a counter-plan, requesting India’s participation in the Champions Trophy 2025 to take place in Pakistan.
The support from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal further strengthens the viability of the hybrid model proposed by the PCB.
Published in the Logical baat, May 24, 2023.