The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) headed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah has reportedly accepted PCB chairman Najam Sethi’s proposed ‘Hybrid Model’ for organising four non-India Asia Cup 2023 games in Pakistan while the rest of the matches will be played in Sri Lanka’s Galle and Pallekele.
The ACC is expected to make an official announcement regarding the acceptance of the Hybrid Model on Tuesday. Once this process is completed, the path will be cleared for the Pakistan team to travel to India for the highly anticipated ODI World Cup, scheduled in October-November.
“Oman Cricket board chief Pankaj Khimji, one of the respected ACC executive board members, was entrusted to find a solution as most countries didn’t want a Hybrid Model. But as of now four non-India games — Pakistan vs Nepal, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh — will be held at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. The two India vs Pakistan games and all other Super Four Games will be held in either Pallekele or Galle,” an ACC board member told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Notably, discussions have been ongoing between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board with the PCB Chairman Najam Sethi making his intentions clear that if India refuses to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup or if the hosting rights are taken away from Pakistan by the Asia Cricket Council, Pakistan will reciprocate by not travelling to India for the upcoming World Cup in 2023.