Zaka Ashraf, the likely chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), dropped a bombshell during a press conference that just ended on Wednesday. He expressed his concern about the hybrid model of organizing the Asia Cup 2023.
Zaka Ashraf, the likely chairman of PCB, rejects the “hybrid model” for the Asia Cup
Pakistan will host a multi-nation cricket tournament at home for the first time since 2008. The Asia Cup 2023 will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, according to the ACC.
BCCI clarified that Team India would not travel to the neighbouring country before the Asia Cup was originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan. The hybrid Asia Cup format was approved after Jay Shah stated that Team India would only play Pakistan at a neutral venue.
“The hybrid model was something I had already rejected in the past because I did not agree with it”. Ashraf expressed his opinions in a press conference on Wednesday. “The Asian Cricket Council board had decided that it should be held in Pakistan, so we should host it.”
Following Ashraf’s rejection of the hybrid model for the Asia Cup, an ACC board member made an interesting statement to the news agency PTI.
“ACC has approved the Asia Cup model, and there won’t be any changes. The ACC board member declared that Ashraf was free to say whatever he wanted.”
As part of Shahbaz Sharif’s earlier selection process, Ashraf is one of the two candidates for the top position at PCB. According to the agency report, Sharif’s appointment as PCB president is merely a formality for the Pakistani Prime Minister.
A report claims that the PCB requested a change of venue for a few of their matches at the ICC World Cup. But both the BCCI and the ICC rejected the request. When India and Pakistan last engaged in a bilateral series in 2012, Ashraf served as PCB chairman.
“Pakistan faces many obstacles in the future, including the Asia Cup, the World Cup, the team’s preparations, and numerous outstanding issues.”
“I don’t want to speak negatively about anyone because I haven’t yet assumed power. I’ll assess the situation once I take over.”
“I do not conceal anything, and I always bring the media. We have a clear conscience. We must work for Pakistan’s improvement,” Ashraf continued.