The Asia Cup hosting agreement has been returned to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) with a protest from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The PCB has expressed opposition to the agreement, saying they will choose the tournament’s location and that it appears to favor India.
The document has been amended and given back to the ACC with a letter requesting improvements while keeping in mind the “Hybrid Model,” according to Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB Management Committee.
PCB’s concerns have not yet received a response from the ACC. UAE, Sri Lanka, or Oman are expected to be the tournament’s alternate locations. If the modifications are adopted successfully, they might serve as a template for future competitions.
According to the specifics, Sethi stated during a sole interview with that “I asked if former PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had authorized the contract to host the Asia Cup when I arrived over the organization. What laws and guidelines apply?”
The Chairman has been requesting a copy of the hosting agreement for a while and has finally been successful in doing so. Sethi stated that after reading the text it looks that India would choose the location of the event.
The document was revised by the PCB and sent back to the ACC, but they have not yet heard from them.
The cricket board has recommended that the games take place at a neutral site where the stadium will be packed and the most money can be made from the event. While some of India’s games will take place in Pakistan, some will be played in neutral grounds.
According to Sethi, other ACC members have emphasized that the Asia Cup does not depend on Pakistan. The PCB is therefore optimistic that the ruling will be in their favor.
The 74-year-old also argued that the ICC should have a say in where the World Cup will be held. He highlighted, however, that the “Hybrid Model” adoption would need to be approved first. If the outcomes of the Asia Cup are successful, it will be emphasized that the model can be used for other events as well.
The Pakistani team’s participation in the World Cup in India is still up in the air. The PCB will inquire about the government’s viewpoint on this issue. At now, the Asia Cup is the main concern, followed by the next steps.