Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the venue for this year’s Asia Cup, reports suggest that the cricket event could proceed without Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to send its team to Pakistan, stating that the tournament should be held at a neutral venue.
In an attempt to resolve the issue, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed a hybrid model that would include hosting four group-stage matches in Pakistan while the rest of the tournament would take place at a neutral venue. However, it is unlikely that the Indian cricket board will accept this proposal.
According to The Telegraph India, there are discussions about relocating the Asian event to Sri Lanka instead of Pakistan. The report suggests that at the next executive board meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), Pakistan will be informed that all other participating nations have agreed to play in Sri Lanka. If Pakistan decides not to participate, the tournament would include India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The inclusion of a fifth team is still under consideration.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently visited Pakistan and declared it a peaceful country for sports. The delegation expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s capability to host the 2025 Champions Trophy. They also indicated their intention to mediate between the PCB and the BCCI while seeking assurance from Pakistan regarding their participation in the upcoming World Cup.
The situation surrounding the Asia Cup remains uncertain, with discussions and negotiations ongoing to find a resolution that satisfies all stakeholders involved.