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The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has given its approval to Najam Sethi’s hybrid model for hosting the Asia Cup 2023. The model, proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Sethi, allows Pakistan to host four to six matches of the tournament while India plays its matches on a neutral venue shared with other teams.
A source within the ACC has confirmed that the body has accepted Sethi’s proposal without any additional conditions. However, Pakistan’s participation in the October World Cup in India is still contingent on approval from the Pakistani government.
According to the source, “The ACC has accepted Najam Sethi’s hybrid model proposal to host the Asia Cup allotted to Pakistan. Pakistan will host four to six matches at a venue to be determined later, while India will play its matches on a neutral venue.” The ACC is expected to make an official announcement regarding the decision in the coming weeks.
Under Sethi’s model, the selection of a neutral venue for India’s matches will be determined through mutual coordination among ACC member countries. However, financial considerations will play a significant role in the decision-making process. If Sri Lanka is chosen as the neutral venue, Pakistan, as the host country, will seek proper compensation for hosting Pakistan-India matches. The compensation must be no less than what the BCCI earned from hosting the 2022 Asia Cup matches between the two countries, estimated to be over half a million dollars.
“The ACC is expected to assure that amount, and the PCB will have no hesitation in agreeing to Sri Lanka as a neutral venue for the remaining matches,” the source added.
The ACC’s response to Sethi’s model is anticipated to be communicated to all the cricket boards in the next few days. However, the final details will be ironed out in an upcoming ACC meeting.
As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the decision, the fate of Asia Cup 2023 hangs in the balance. The approved hybrid model brings a glimmer of hope for a successful tournament, showcasing the spirit of cricket in the region.