Sources say that the India Cricket Board (BCCI) has agreed to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) joint hosting plan for the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has agreed to the PCB’s plan, which calls for four of the tournament’s games to be played in Pakistan and the rest at a neutral site. But the exact neutral place has not yet been decided.
Sources from the PCB had said in the past that the first four matches of the event would take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The rest of the games were supposed to take place at the Dubai International Stadium. The PCB is sure that when matches are held in Dubai instead of Sharjah or Abu Dhabi, more tickets will be sold.
It’s important to remember that the BCCI turned down sending the Indian cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup before. Instead, they demanded that the event take place in a neutral place. The BCCI’s main goal is to make sure that its players are safe and secure, which they think can be done better on neutral ground.
Concerns have been made about the situation, and Najam Sethi, head of the PCB Management Committee, has called for a logical way to solve the problem that is coming. Sethi said it was important to find a middle ground if both the Asia Cup and Pakistan’s involvement in the ODI World Cup later this year were to go well.
Sethi told reporters at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) that he didn’t think Pakistan would be able to go to India for the ODI World Cup if India didn’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. He said that if this happened, the Pakistani government might not let their team cross countries, which would be very bad for the game of cricket.
The fact that the BCCI agreed to Pakistan’s mixed plan for holding the Asia Cup in 2023 is a big step forward. But the choice about the neutral place hasn’t been made yet. This shows how important international talks and finding common ground are for making sure that these important cricket games go off without a hitch.