The hosting of Asia Cup 2023 became a house of controversies as every other day some new controversy pops up around the hosting of the marquee event. Recently Zaka Ashraf who will return to the PCB as their Chairman has called Asia Cup’s hybrid model an “injustice” to Pakistan & expressed his desire to have the tournament hosted completely in Pakistan.
During his recent interaction in Islamabad with the media, the Chairman designate of PCB said that he doesn’t agree with Asia Cup’s 2023 hybrid model. He also said that as per the rules of ACC, the entire tournament should be hosted in Pakistan. But a majority of the fixtures are played in Sri Lanka with just small teams like Nepal competing in Pakistan. He also marked that its an injustice for Pakistan.
He further said that he will try to make changes to the proposed Asia Cup Hybrid Model in the limited period of time available. “I will try to do what is in the best interest of Pakistan within the shortest possible time. There are many pending issues, and I am not delving deep into the matter since I haven’t officially taken over,” he added, noting that he also plans to engage with the Indian leadership.
BCCI & ACC have made no Official Comments on Ashraf’s Statement
However, no official comments have been made by BCCI or ACC members regarding Ashraf’s statements. But it’s almost impossible that any modifications will be made to the hybrid model approved for Asia Cup 2023 at this point of time. As per the approved model, four matches are slated to be played in Pakistan & nine fixtures in Sri Lanka. This model was approved & appreciated by PCB’s previous Chairman Najam Sethi. But now the entire situation is different with the upcoming chairman, Zaka Ashraf denying the model.
For the unversed Zaka Ashraf is more likely to take up the role of PCB Chairman in the next few days as Pakistan’s Prime Minister has appointed him in the board of governors. But the official election of PCB Chairman is yet to be conducted.
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