LAHORE: The next 48 hours have been declared important for a major progress in Asia Cup 2023.
According to sources, PCB Management Committee chairman Najam Sethi is in Dubai where he will meet the members of the Asian Cricket Council today (Tuesday).
Sources say that the Asian Cricket Council has not yet announced the final meeting. Najam Sethi will be having an informal meeting with the officials of the council which will not be attended by the representatives of the member countries of the council.
Asia Cup is scheduled to be held in September in Pakistan. The PCB is linking all the rumours about Asia Cup with the propaganda of Indian media. Because of India’s refusal, the PCB has presented a hybrid model of the Asia Cup. Under the hybrid model matches with India will be played at a neutral venue and the remaining matches will be played in Pakistan.
Sources say Pakistan is not willing to play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue and the hybrid model has been rejected by the ACC. On the other hand, regarding the Asia Cup, the PCB has started backdoor diplomacy.
The PCB is in contact with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lankan cricket boards. Bangladesh and Sri Lankan cricket boards have not rejected the Asia Cup hybrid model so far.
The PCB will also take advantage of the remaining matches with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the current FTP through diplomacy.
On the other hand, because of the previous Afghanistan series, the PCB is hopeful of the support of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. However, the situation will become clear after Najam Sethi’s meeting with the members of the Asian Cricket Council today (Tuesday).