According to reports, the Asia Cup 2023, which was scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan, is likely to be moved to Sri Lanka. India’s decision to not travel to Pakistan led to the proposal of a hybrid model for the tournament, suggested by PCB chief Najaf Sethi. This model included Pakistan playing their games at home and India playing their matches at a neutral venue like the UAE. However, a source from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) stated that this model was unacceptable. The front-runner to host the tournament is now Sri Lanka, which could have an advantage due to their slow and spin-friendly wickets.
Pakistan’s Hybrid Model for Asia Cup
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had proposed a hybrid model for the Asia Cup 2023. According to this model, Pakistan would host their matches at home, while India would play their games at a neutral venue such as the UAE. This model was suggested in response to India’s decision to not travel to Pakistan for the tournament. However, the ACC rejected this proposal, citing logistical challenges.
Sri Lanka Likely to Host Asia Cup 2023
According to recent reports, Sri Lanka is the front-runner to host the Asia Cup 2023. If Sri Lanka wins the race to host the tournament, they would have the advantage of playing in their home conditions. It has been noted that teams have found it difficult to win series in Sri Lanka, as the country has slow and spin-friendly wickets. Furthermore, Sri Lanka, like the UAE, does not require inter-city flights, making it a more convenient option for broadcasters.
ACC’s Stance on the Hybrid Model
A source from the ACC stated that the hybrid model proposed by the PCB was unacceptable. The source cited budgetary sanctions and logistical challenges as reasons why the ACC could not accept the model. Additionally, if India and Pakistan were in the same group, the third team would have to travel back and forth between Dubai and a city in Pakistan, which could cause further logistical problems.
The Asia Cup 2023, which was scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan, is likely to be moved to Sri Lanka due to India’s decision to not travel to Pakistan. The PCB had proposed a hybrid model for the tournament, which was rejected by the ACC. Sri Lanka is now the front-runner to host the tournament, and could have an advantage due to their slow and spin-friendly wickets.
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