Asia Cup 2023: BCCI Unlikely To Support Hybrid Model For Tournament, ACC To Take Decision In Upcoming Meeting – Reports

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According to PTI reports, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is allegedly against supporting the hybrid model proposed by Najam Sethi to host the Asian Cup 2023. Under the model, four preliminary rounds and two super four games would take place in Pakistan, while India’s matches and the final would take place in a neutral country.

BCCI Secretary and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Chairman Jay Shah has made it clear during informal discussions with ACC members that the Indian board does not favor the hybrid model.

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While Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have not expressed problems with playing their games in Pakistan, India’s reluctance to support the hybrid model has resulted in a dead end. The final decision on the matter will be made during the ACC executive board meeting, which will be convened by Jay Shah.

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The ACC executive body consists of 25 members, including five Test nations (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan), three with ODI and T20I status, and another 17 with only T20 status. However, putting the hybrid model of the Asian Cup to a vote poses challenges, as nations not participating in the tournament would have no interest in the decision-making process.

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Pakistan remains in its position to host the Asian Cup at home between the hybrid model

Logistically, the hybrid model for the Asian Cup also presents challenges. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has highlighted the benefit of hosting the Asian Cup in two countries as it would provide higher mileage for broadcasters.

However, the BCCI expresses concern about the logistical complexities, considering that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may not be a feasible neutral location.

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“Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have already told the CPB that they have no problem playing their games in Pakistan. But India is not interested in supporting the hybrid model. Now, the impasse has not been broken and the final decision will only be made at the ACC executive board meeting that Jay (Shah) will have to call.” said an ACC board member.

“There has to be an intermediate solution, since this hybrid model cannot be put to a vote. I mean, if there are six nations playing the event, what is the locus standi of the other 19 nations not playing the tournament? On what basis will they vote when they have no participation?

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Furthermore, the PCB has informed the ACC that if the Indo-Pak Asian Cup matches are held in Sri Lanka, they would expect to receive at least $0.5 million of the gate revenue. This request is due to the smaller capacities of venues like Galle or Premadasa Stadium compared to Dubai.

Ultimately, the fate of the 2023 Asia Cup and acceptance of the hybrid model will be determined by the ACC executive board, taking into account the various perspectives and logistical considerations involved.

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