The complexity of deciding the venue of the upcoming Asia Cup may be reduced this time. BCCI has accepted the ‘hybrid model’ proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Such information is reported by The News of Pakistan.
Quoting a BCCI source, The News reported that the hybrid model has been approved by BCCI Secretary Jai Shah.
This year’s Asia Cup is hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. However, India does not want to play in Pakistan on political issues. As a result, PCB proposes a ‘hybrid model’. According to PCB’s proposal, the Asia Cup will be held in two stages. First, except India, the remaining 5 teams will go to Pakistan and play 4 matches. Then the remaining matches of the tournament will be played at neutral venues with India.
The final announcement on the matter may come within a few days. Jai Shah spoke to the Indian news agency PTI about this. He said, ‘The venue of the Asia Cup has not been finalized yet. We are now busy with IPL. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan cricket board representatives are coming to the IPL final. When is the discussion about this? The final decision will be made in time.’
The final of IPL will be held on May 28. BCCI has board meeting on the previous day. It is heard that Jai Shah is calling a board meeting to discuss the Asia Cup issue. In other words, India is going to announce its final decision about the Asia Cup in a few days.
This year’s Asia Cup is scheduled to be held on September 1. Will continue till September 17. The ODI edition will feature Nepal and five Asian Test playing nations – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.