As per reports, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to reject Pakistan’s hybrid model to host the Asia Cup. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and ACC chairman, has discussed the issue with the heads of member nations and proposed that the Asia Cup 2023 should take place at a single venue, specifically in Sri Lanka.
Asia Cup 2023: What is the Hybrid Model?
Under the hybrid model proposed by PCB, the initial four matches of the group stage in the primary phase of the tournament shall be played in Pakistan. While the next phase, including matches of India and finals, will be played at a neutral venue – Dubai, as proposed by PCB. Keeping this scenario in mind, Pakistan will play their group stage match against Nepal on home ground, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will also be playing their pool matches in Pakistan.
As per the details, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will receive a clear message during the upcoming executive board meeting of the Asian Cricket Council. The message will convey that all the other participating nations have unanimously agreed to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka. The report further stated that PCB has failed to garner support for its proposal and is left with no choice but to comply with the decision to hold the tournament in Sri Lanka and withdraw from hosting it altogether.
Why Was the Proposal Rejected?
The Indian media reports claimed that the BCCI had refused the hybrid model of having matches in Dubai, citing excessive heat in the Middle East at that time of the year as a reason. Hence, the tournament is being shifted to Srilanka, and all the other participating countries are on board with the said decision.