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- BCCI open to PCB’s hybrid model proposal for Asia Cup, but seeks written confirmation for World Cup participation.
- BCCI likely to approve the hybrid model during the Special General Meeting.
- PCB faces a challenge as BCCI insists on a neutral venue for the Asia Cup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed its readiness to adopt the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the Asia Cup, as reported by Inside Sport. However, the BCCI has set a condition, seeking written assurance from the PCB regarding their visit to India for the upcoming World Cup in October. The official decision on accepting the hybrid model is expected to be announced during the upcoming Special General Meeting in Ahmedabad on May 27.
BCCI Demands Written Assurance from PCB to Accept Hybrid Model for Asia Cup
The BCCI has been firm in its stance of not sending the Indian team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and prefers a neutral venue for the tournament. On the other hand, the PCB is determined to host the event in Pakistan, considering its significance in bringing back international cricket to the country.
To overcome this deadlock, the PCB proposed a hybrid model with two options. The first option suggests hosting India’s matches at a neutral venue, while all other matches would take place in Pakistan. The second option involves conducting four group stage matches in Pakistan and moving the subsequent stages, including the Indian team’s matches and the final, to a neutral venue.
Earlier, Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB Management Committee, highlighted the pressing need for a rational approach to resolve the impending crisis, which could jeopardize both the successful hosting of the Asia Cup and Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup.
Sethi expressed concerns about the possibility that if India refuses to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, the Pakistan government might reciprocate by disallowing the Pakistani team to cross the borders for the World Cup matches, resulting in detrimental consequences for cricket.
In light of these developments, it is clear that the BCCI is willing to accept the hybrid model for the Asia Cup but seeks reassurance from the PCB for their participation in the World Cup. The final decision will be taken during the upcoming meeting, which will play a crucial role in determining the fate of these two significant cricket events.
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