The final decision on the Asia Cup venue regarding the nation or nations hosting the Asia Cup will be made in conjunction with the IPL championship game, which will be attended by a number of prominent members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Thursday.
“As of this present, no decision has been made regarding the hosting of the Asia Cup. The senior officials from Bangladesh, the Afghanistan Cricket Board, and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are traveling to see the IPL final even though we are preoccupied with the IPL. In due course, we will have a conversation and make a decision,” Jay Shah told PTI.
The PCB chairman Najam Sethi proposed a “Hybrid Model” where four games are intended to be hosted in their country. Pakistan is the host of this year’s Asia Cup, but the Indian cricket team cannot travel to the neighboring nation without the Central government’s approval.
Although the ACC has not officially stated anything, it has been learned through ACC insiders that Sethi’s proposed hybrid model—in which India plays all of its games at neutral locations while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan play four preliminary matches in Pakistan—seems like a workable alternative.
The PCB wanted the two India-Pakistan games to take place in Dubai, but they will instead be played in Sri Lanka.
The formal announcement will be made at a meeting of the executive body that ACC chief Jay Shah will call. The PCB is fine with playing India anywhere neutral. Even though they would prefer Dubai because it would result in higher gate receipts, they are open to playing in another nation (in this case, Sri Lanka) as long as the ACC matches the gate receipts amount (USD 0.5 million) that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) received from the Indo-Pak games in Dubai in 2022, an ACC source with knowledge of the situation told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
It is clear that neither BCCI, ICC nor the host broadcasters will support an India-Pakistan World Cup match taking place in Bangladesh, despite PCB’s insistence that hosting the World Cup in India is subject to government approval and should be treated separately from Asia Cup hosting rights.
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This year’s Asia Cup window runs from September 1 to 17.