According to a PTI report, relations between the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have deteriorated as a result of SLC’s offer to host the entire Asia Cup rather than the four matches that would have been conducted in Pakistan under the “Hybrid Model” put up by Najam Sethi.
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLB) expressed its ambition to host the entire Asia Cup, which infuriated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who also rejected the latter’s offer to play an ODI bilateral series in the island nation. Sources within the PCB claim that the ‘Hybrid Model’ put forth by Najam Sethi, which called for four games to be conducted in Pakistan, and the hosting of the entire Asia Cup by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), had caused a deterioration in ties between the two organizations.
When the PCB rejected a request from the Lankans to play a few One-Day International matches in Sri Lanka next month, it served as an illustration of the increasingly tense relations between the two boards, according to a PCB source.
The SLC reportedly suggested that Pakistan play a few ODIs as well because they are hopeful their team will secure a spot from the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe and would need more exposure before the main event in October. Pakistan is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in July to play two Tests of the next ICC World Test Championship cycle.
But a trustworthy source stated that the PCB has now rejected the plan after first suggesting they would explore it.
The Sri Lankan board coming in to offer to host the Asia Cup in September when it is Pakistan’s turn to host the regional event at home, the source said, “is a clear indication that the PCB is not happy.”
In reality, he claimed, PCB Chairman Sethi is dissatisfied with Bangladesh’s and Afghanistan’s boards’ responses to the Asia Cup issue.
Sethi anticipated that Sri Lanka, with whom Pakistan has had friendly relations for a long time, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan would persuade the Indian Cricket Board and other Asian Cricket Council board members to support his proposal and allow Pakistan to host the Asia Cup for at least three to four games before moving the competition elsewhere.” When several of these board members traveled to India for the IPL final and spoke with the BCCi secretary Jay Shah, the insider continued, “He is disappointed in the way things have turned out in recent days.”
The BCCI and Jay Shah reportedly rejected Sethi’s hybrid model plan and wanted the Asia Cup to be staged in Sri Lanka, according to Indian media reports, although the PCB hasn’t commented on the reports.
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However, if the Indian board does not alter its stance on the Asia Cup, insiders claim that the PCB is currently prepared for some harsh decisions on the Asia Cup and World Cup.