The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has refused to support Pakistan Cricket Board President Najam Sethi’s hybrid model for the Asia Cup. The opening four matches and two super matches in the cup will be held in Pakistan.
On the other hand, India’s matches and final will be held in a neutral country. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Jay Shah, who is also the Secretary of BCCI has made the Indian board’s stand clear during an informal discussion with some members of the Asia body in Ahmedabad.
All ACC executive boards are required to make the final decision on a tournament being held in a neutral country. And the matter is stuck after coming here because all the people are not able to reach any decision together.
An ACC board member said that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have already conveyed to the PCB that they have no objection to playing their matches in Pakistan, but India is not keen to support the hybrid model.
There is a perfect solution in the hybrid model. Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi has told the ACC that having the Asia Cup in two countries means double the profits for broadcasters. But BCCI feels that it is a bad idea as UAE cannot be a neutral venue.
The PCB has already told the ACC that they would be expecting at least USD 0.5 million from the gate receipts of the two Indo-Pak matches. If they are held in Sri Lanka, because the capacity of Mengale or Premadasa Stadium is not the same as compared to Dubai.