Positive Talks Held Between PCB and BCCI on Asia Cup's Schedule
Positive Talks Held Between PCB and BCCI on Asia Cup's Schedule

New Delhi: The 2023 Asia Cup hybrid model is still in place. According to information obtained , Jay Shah, the president of the Asian Cricket Council and the secretary of the BCCI, met with Zaka Ashraf, the new chairman of the PCB's management committee, in a friendly setting to discuss the Asia Cup's schedule. The schedule is also anticipated to be made public on Friday since every need has now been met.

Zaka Ashraf, who took over for Najam Sethi as the director of Pakistan cricket, has been outspoken about his dislike of the hybrid format, which featured four games in Pakistan and as many as nine in Sri Lanka. The proposed concept appears to have gained the new PCB administration's principle support, and the Asia Cup, which is set to take place from August 31 to September 17, cannot be postponed.

"It's a good beginning and there will be more meetings like this," Ashraf told Pakistan media. "We have agreed to have more meetings and improve relations. It's a good beginning," the PCB chief added.

Also Read: Australian and UK Prime Ministers Joke About Ashes Cricket Series at NATO Summit

According to Ashraf, Shah was invited to Pakistan for the Asia Cup by Ashraf, and Shah was then invited to India for the World Cup, although BCCI sources have disputed that this is the case. "We have had talks over the Asia Cup and the hybrid model was approved. There was no such thing as an invitation to each other," the BCCI source, who is currently in Durban, said.

The BCCI's envoy to the ICC's CEC meeting, Arun Singh Dhumal, vehemently rejected the idea that Shah may visit Pakistan.  "Mr Jay Shah has not agreed to any invitation and will not be travelling to Pakistan," the IPL chairman said.

Also Read: Tamim Iqbal's Availability for Asia Cup Depends on Fitness, Says BCB

In the meantime, no decision was made about the regulation of the expanding Twenty20 leagues during the Tuesday meeting of the International Cricket Council's Chief Executives Committee (CEC) in Durban.

Full member boards have in the past asserted that these leagues are driving talent away from the nations that make up their membership. It is acknowledged that the conversation on this divisive topic will go on.

There is a need to control the leagues, according to sources in Durban, but the exact nature of regulation will be decided upon at the board meeting.

Also Read: Shubman Gill to Bat at No. 3 in Test Series Against West Indies

Join NewsTrack Whatsapp group
Related News