The Asia Cup will be played on a hybrid model, according to Pakistani media reports (PC: AFP)
New Delhi. The Asia Cup is to be played this year and for the last few months there has been a ruckus regarding its hosting. Actually, Pakistan has got the hosting of Asia Cup, but last year BCCI Secretary Jai Shah had made it clear that the Indian team will not visit Pakistan for this tournament and will play with Pakistan only on neutral venue. There was a stir in Pakistan after his statement.
Pakistan was also worried about losing the hosting rights, but now news is coming that the Asia Cup will be played in Pakistan. According to Pakistani media reports, BCCI has agreed to the hybrid model of Pakistan Cricket Board and Jai Shah has also confirmed it by mailing to Pakistan Board. In fact, Pakistan had put forward a hybrid model to save the hosting of the Asia Cup.
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4 matches in Pakistan
According to the hybrid model, four matches of the tournament will be played in Pakistan and the remaining matches will be played at neutral venues. According to Geo News, no place has been finalized yet regarding where the matches will be played outside Pakistan. According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board had indicated that the first phase of the tournament would be played in Lahore. While the rest of the tournament can be played in Dubai.
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Pakistan had landed on the threat
In such a situation, the matter of Asia Cup between India and Pakistan seems to be resolved. In fact, after BCCI’s refusal, Pakistan also started threatening to withdraw from the World Cup, which is to be played in India this year. Pakistan Board Chairman Najam Sethi had said that if the Indian team does not tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup, then it is difficult for Pakistan to go to India for the World Cup.
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