On Tuesday, PCB’s Najam Sethi met with ACC representatives in Dubai. And voiced his opposition to the decision to move the Asia Cup to Sri Lanka rather than the UAE.
Officials from Pakistan’s cricket team are seriously considering boycotting the regional competition. If the Asian Cricket Council rejects their request to move this year’s Asia Cup to Sri Lanka.
The head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi met with representatives of the Asian Cricket Council in Dubai. And voiced his opposition to the decision to move the Asia Cup to Sri Lanka rather than the UAE.
PCB may boycott the event if it is moved to Sri Lanka for the 2023 edition
“Sethi has emphasized that the ACC should accept Pakistan’s revised hybrid model proposal schedule for the Asia Cup and that, if at all, the majority of members want it to be held somewhere else, it must be in the UAE like in 2018 and 2022”.
According to a dependable source in the PCB, Sethi “rode the BCCI of its concerns that it would be too hot to play in the UAE in September by pointing out today that the BCCI had held its IPL in the UAE from September to November in 2020″.
”The ACC should not reject Sethi’s new hybrid model schedule at this time”, he said, adding that he had presented it to them.
According to the source, the Sri Lankan board unexpectedly informed the ACC that it wants to host the Asia Cup this year with support from the BCCI through a back door.
It was unexpected because earlier, at the most recent ACC board meeting in February. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan had rejected the Lankan proposal. And decided Pakistan would continue to serve as the host”.
If the continental competition is not held in Pakistan this year during the Asia Cup window. Sethi had instructed his officials to begin planning a three to four-nation event there before departing for Dubai.