Pakistan might not play in Asia Cup 2023, claims Indian media

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The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is preparing for the Asia Cup 2023, although Pakistan may not play this time, according to “The Telegraph India”.

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposed “hybrid model” has been rejected by other countries, according to Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, and ACC chairman. Shah recently brought up the topic during a meeting with the leaders of the member countries, suggesting that the tournament be held in a single location, specifically in Sri Lanka.

A hybrid plan was put forth by PCB, according to which Pakistan will host the first four games of the tournament’s group stage. Additionally, the finals and matches involving India will be played in a neutral site during the upcoming round. In that case, Pakistan will host its match against Nepal during the group stage.

The pool matches for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka will all take place in Pakistan. While Dubai had been chosen by the PCB as a preferred neutral site for a hybrid framework.

The article further stated that Pakistan would be made aware that all other participating nations have consented to play in Sri Lanka at the ACC’s upcoming executive board meeting.

The PCB will have to cooperate and play in Sri Lanka or withdraw since they are the chosen hosts. Then four teams—India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan—will play, with a fifth team’s participation to be determined.

Pakistan might think about skipping the World Cup if India refuses to tour Pakistan and rejects the hybrid concept. According to reports, the PCB has informed ICC representatives that government approval is required for them to compete in the World Cup.