Image from file of Pakistan Cricket Board head Najam Seti© AFP
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is upset that the Sri Lankan government has expressed a desire to host the entire Asian Cup and has rejected the latter’s offer to host a bilateral ODI series in the island nation. According to PCB sources, relations between PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) soured after it offered to host the entire Asian Cup instead of the four games played in Pakistan under the “hybrid model” proposed by Najam Sethi.
“An example of increasingly strained relations between the two boards of directors came after the PCB turned down an offer from the Sri Lankans to host several One-Day International matches next month in Sri Lanka,” a PCB source said.
Pakistan is due to visit Sri Lanka in July to play two Tests of the next ICC World Testing Championship cycle and apparently the SLC has offered Pakistan to play some ODIs as well as they hope their team will book a place in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe, and more information will be needed before the main event in October.
But a reliable source has confirmed that the PCB, after initially saying it would consider the proposal, has now rejected it.
“This is a clear sign that the PCB is unhappy that the Sri Lankan government stepped in and offered to host the Asian Cup in September when it was Pakistan’s turn to host the regional event,” the source said.
He said that in fact PCB Chairman Sethi was also unhappy with the response of the Bangladesh and Afghan governments to the Asian Cup issue.
“Neti expected that Sri Lanka, with which Pakistan has long-standing friendly relations, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, will convince the Indian Cricket Board and other board members of the Asian Cricket Board to agree to the proposal put forward by Sethi and play at least three to four games. in Pakistan. Asian Cup before moving the tournament to another location. “He is disappointed with how things have turned out in recent days, especially when some of these council heads traveled to India for the IPL final and met with BCCi secretary Jay Shah,” the source added.
The PCB has not responded to Indian media reports that BCCI and Jay Shah have rejected Sethi’s proposal for a hybrid model and want the Asian Cup to be held in Sri Lanka.
But insiders say the PCB is now gearing up to make tough decisions regarding the Asian Cup and the World Cup unless the Indian board changes its stance on the Asian Cup.
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