PCB objects to India-favouring host agreement for Asia Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to return the agreement to host the Asia Cup to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) along with a protest. The reason for their protest is that they believe the hosting agreement favors India. The PCB has requested the ACC to make changes to the agreement to ensure a fair playing field for all teams participating in the Asia Cup. The decision of the ACC regarding this matter is yet to be seen.
PCB objects to the Asia Cup agreement, alleging it favors India and gives them the right to choose the tournament venue.
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi sent back the amended document to ACC with a letter, requesting changes and keeping the “Hybrid Model” in mind.
ACC hasn’t responded to the PCB’s objections yet. UAE, Sri Lanka, or Oman are likely alternative venues for the tournament. The changes, if successful, could set a model for future tournaments.
Sethi, speaking, inquired if former Chairman Ramiz Raja had signed the contract for hosting the Asia Cup and asked about the rules and regulations upon joining PCB.
After a long inquiry, Chairman Sethi finally obtained a copy of the hosting agreement and found out that India will decide where the Asia Cup will be held.
The board suggests playing matches at a neutral venue to generate revenue and fill the stadium. India will play in neutral venues, and others will play in Pakistan.
Sethi stated that ICC members believe the Asia Cup can’t happen without Pakistan. Therefore, PCB is optimistic that the decision will be in their favor.
The 74-year-old suggested ICC should decide World Cup venue, but only after agreeing on the “Hybrid Model.” Positive results in Asia Cup can lead to adoption of the model for other events.
It’s uncertain if Pakistan will play the World Cup in India. PCB will seek government’s opinion. The focus now is on the Asia Cup and plans after the tournament.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 12 April, 2023.