In the Asian Cricket Council meeting held in Dubai, the Pakistan Cricket Board stood firm on its stand on the issue of the Asia Cup.
The ACC meeting was held on the sidelines of the ICC meeting, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi participated in the meeting, Jai Shah was present in the meeting from India’s side, India reiterated its position of not traveling to Pakistan. Pakistan asked to withdraw from the tournament after deciding to move the entire tournament out of Pakistan. Sri Lanka Cricket asked to change the Asia Cup but Pakistan did not show willingness to change the host. Pakistan and India have apparently agreed to host the Asia Cup at two venues. The Asia Cup at two venues will depend on logistics.
After PCB’s tough decision during the meeting that Asia Cup is likely to be held in Pakistan, all the board members agreed with PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi’s position.
Sources say that if the Asia Cup is held in Pakistan, the matches between the two traditional rivals (Pakistan and India) are likely to be held at a neutral venue. For which a decision could not be made yet, but the venues of England, UAE, Oman and Sri Lanka are included.
According to sources, there are plans to hold 5 matches at neutral venues, five matches include at least 2 matches between Pakistan and India. For the 6-nation Asia Cup, Pakistan and India are in a group with the qualifiers, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in a group.
The Asia Cup is scheduled in September which consists of 50 overs format, the ACC meeting in UAE today discussed various options, the Asia Cup 2022 will be played as per the format, the mega event will be hosted by Pakistan. Yes, a working group has been formed for the scheduled travel plan. Broadcasters will also be consulted before the final decision. Besides Pakistan, weather will also be important for neutral venue matches. Asian crowds are expected at venues like London. It has been agreed to.