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Najam Sethi reveals another possible venue for Asia Cup 2023

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  • Disagreement arises over the venue of the Asia Cup 2023 between ACC, BCCI, and PCB.
  • PCB suggests hosting matches in the UAE, but proposal rejected by SLC and BCB.
  • PCB chairman Najam Sethi hints at the possibility of hosting the Asia Cup in England as the host nation.

The Asia Cup 2023 has become a subject of disagreement between the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Concerns over security have led to the decision that Team India will not travel to Pakistan for the tournament, and instead, the event will be held at a neutral venue, as announced by ACC chief and BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

However, the PCB expressed dissatisfaction with this suggestion, with chairman Najam Sethi implying that Pakistan might reciprocate by not traveling to India for the 2023 Cricket World Cup if India does not visit Pakistan.

Recently, the PCB proposed a hybrid model for hosting the Asia Cup during an ACC meeting. The proposal suggested that India would play their matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unfortunately, this proposal was rejected by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Najam Sethi finally breaks his silence on Asia Cup 2023 matter

In the midst of this heated discussion, Sethi has put forward an interesting alternative venue suggestion. In an interview with Sports Hour, the PCB chairman emphasized that as Pakistan is the host, they have the right to choose the tournament’s location. Sethi hinted at the possibility of hosting the Asia Cup in England.

“England could be a possibility as a venue for the Asia Cup,” Sethi mentioned during the interview.

The clash between the ACC, BCCI, and PCB has been widely publicized. The BCCI has taken a firm stance against traveling to Pakistan for the continental cup, intensifying the dispute between the cricket boards.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has been relying on home matches to prepare for the ODI World Cup. They have already hosted New Zealand twice in 2023. The team faced defeat against the Blackcaps in the three-match ODI series held in January, but they bounced back strongly, clinching a 4-1 victory in the recent five-match ODI series played in Pakistan, led by Babar Azam. The five-match T20I series concluded with a 2-2 draw.

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Najam Sethi finally breaks his silence on Asia Cup 2023 matter

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