The upcoming Asia Cup 2023 has become a concern for the PCB as the Indian team has refused to play in Pakistan, which threatens the event’s significance.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is considering relocating the upcoming Asian tournament from its originally scheduled host and is evaluating potential alternate venues in the UAE or Sri Lanka.
A solution may need to be found soon by the PCB as India’s reluctance to participate has made the scheduled September Asia Cup uncertain. Due to the potential loss of billions of rupees, the boycott of the ICC World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to take place in India, is not a feasible option. The PCB officials are currently exploring different options to salvage the Asia Cup without risking their position on the boycott of the Indian team. It’s a challenging situation for the PCB as the Asia Cup is a significant event in the cricket world, and finding a solution that satisfies all stakeholders is crucial. Therefore, the officials are working on evaluating potential alternate venues in the UAE or Sri Lanka to host the tournament. A final decision is yet to be made, and time is running out as September, the scheduled month for the Asia Cup, approaches.
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The Chairman of the PCB management committee, Najam Sethi, has met with officials from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the UAE to discuss options for the Asia Cup. The event’s organizers are determined to find a solution, as proceeding without India’s participation would result in no income through broadcast and other means. Therefore, there is no intention of canceling the event, and efforts are being made to salvage it.
The PCB is considering swapping the Asia Cup hosting duties with the next host, with Pakistan taking on this year’s event and giving up the next one.
This is published in logical baat, on 22 March, 2023.