Have Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan in writing rejected the hybrid model that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed for the Asia Cup? That appears to be the most recent development in the saga that has prolonged the state of uncertainty regarding the location of the six-national continental championship. The host is expected to be Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have written to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to formally reject the host PCB's formula of conducting four matches in Pakistan and the rest in the UAE, confirming the BCCI's opposition to the model.
Rashid Latif revealed the development. With the exception of Pakistan, India and three other nations rejected the hybrid model for the Asia Cup. They all agreed on a single venue due to financial and logistical issues. May be a Zoom meeting soon or a regular gathering in Dubai in a couple of days to finish the matter (Sic)," the previous Pakistan skipper said in a Twitter post. Latif confirmed the news and assured Cricbuzz that this update was genuine when they contacted him.
Latif, a well-known former captain, told this website on Tuesday morning, "I have information from independent sources that four countries have rejected the model and it is now a formality that the Asia Cup will be moved out of Pakistan." He responded, "It should," when asked if Pakistan would participate in the tournament. Pakistan should and will, in my opinion."
However, as of the time this article was published, there was no official clarification on the subject. While reports from the nation suggested that the PCB might withdraw from the championship out of protest, PCB chief Najam Sethi did not respond to a question from this website.
Previously, this website stated, citing an SLC official, that the island nation is prepared to host the championship if the ACC grants the request. In the meantime, representatives from SLC, BCB, and ACB did not immediately respond to messages from this website. Jay Shah, president of the ACC and secretary of the BCCI, is in London at the moment and could not be reached for comment.
The six-team Asia Cup is seen as a significant prelude to the World Cup in October and November. It is tentatively scheduled to begin in the second week of September. In the 17-game championship, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Nepal will compete.