PCB Chairman Najam Sethi expressed concerns to his ICC colleague Greg Barclay regarding playing at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad against India, except it is a knockout game like the Final.
Following the rejection of the hybrid model, tensions have increased between the PCB and the BCCI. Additionally, when Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan refused the PCB’s proposed hybrid concept for the 2023 Asia Cup, the PCB sustained a serious loss.
However, the PCB confirmed that they would have no objection to the Pakistan national team traveling to India for the ICC World Cup if the Pakistani government granted its approval.
It is known that Barclay and ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice visited Karachi recently to get the PCB president’s assurances that they would not insist on having their ODI World Cup matches played at a neutral site. This is a result of the Asian Cricket Council’s projected dismissal of their suggested Hybrid Model for the Asia Cup.
“Sethi has conveyed to Barclay and Allardice that Pakistan doesn’t want its matches to be scheduled in Ahmedabad unless it is a knock-out game like the final. He even requested the ICC to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata if the national team receives clearance from the Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November,” as reported.
Najan Sethi requests ICC to convince BCCI for Pakistan’s Hybrid Model for Asia Cup 2023
A senior PCB source claimed that Najam Sethi requested ICC officials to convince the BCCI to go with Pakistan’s hybrid strategy for the Asia Cup.
Sethi also talked about his views on the most current revenue-sharing program. He protested the new revenue structure and called for a rise in the Pakistan board’s portion for the following five-year cycle.
The PCB chairman justified its statement by pointing out that Australia and England frequently participate in bilateral series with India and permit their players to take part in the Indian Premier League, earning extra cash for both boards. As a result, it was considered unfair to ignore Pakistan Cricket’s overall condition.
Meanwhile, a final decision on the timetable and venues for the coming ODI World Cup 2023, which will be taking place later this year, is expected to be made by ICC and BCCI officials, who are presently in London for the World Test Championship.
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