Has the hybrid format that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suggested for the Asia Cup been publicly rejected by Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh? That appears to be the most recent development in the scandal that has prolonged uncertainty on the location of the six-national continental championship. The host will likely be Sri Lanka.
According to reports out of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have written to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to express their formal rejection of the host PCB’s plan to play four games in Pakistan and the remaining matches in the UAE, supporting the BCCI’s opposition to the model.
Rashid Latif shared the new information. Due to logistical and budgetary difficulties, India and the other three nations (aside from Pakistan) rejected the hybrid concept for the Asia Cup. To conclude the situation, there may be a Zoom conference shortly or a general gathering in Dubai in a few days, the former Pakistan captain suggested in a tweet. When approached by Cricbuzz, Latif validated the information and provided a guarantee as to its validity.
The highly regarded former captain Latif informed this website on Tuesday morning: “I have information from independent sources that four countries have rejected the plan and it is now a formality that the Asia Cup will be moved out of Pakistan. When asked if Pakistan would take part in the competition, he responded that it should. “Pakistan should and will,” I believe.
However, as of the time this story was published, there was still no official clarification on the matter. Najam Sethi, the head of the PCB, did not react to a question from this website, despite allegations from the nation that the PCB would boycott the tournament out of protest.