“We understand the BCCI’s position”, PCB Chief Najam Sethi reacts after ACC accepts Pakistan’s hybrid model for Asia Cup 2023

Asia Cup 2023: The schedule for the Asia Cup was unveiled on Thursday, introducing a unique hybrid model for the tournament. This new format will see four matches taking place in Pakistan, while the remaining fixtures will be held in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Najam Sethi, initially proposed this hybrid model. Sethi’s proposition followed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ruling out the Indian team’s participation in matches held in Pakistan. Following the announcement of this adopted model, Sethi expressed his delight.

In a video shared via Pakistan Cricket’s Twitter account, Sethi stated, “I am elated that our hybrid version for the ACC Asia Cup 2023 has been accepted.” He emphasized that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would remain the event’s host, with some matches being played in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will serve as a neutral venue due to the Indian cricket team’s travel restrictions.


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PCB Chief Najam Sethi reacts after ACC accepts Pakistan’s hybrid model for Asia Cup 2023

Sethi expressed regret over the absence of the Indian cricket team in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years. However, he expressed understanding towards the BCCI’s position. Like PCB, BCCI requires government approval before travelling abroad for matches.

Further details of the tournament were revealed by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday. The 16th edition of the Asia Cup will follow the hybrid model. Four matches will be held in Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will host the remaining nine games. The tournament is scheduled to kick off on August 31 and will run until September 17.


Six teams will grace the Asia Cup 2023. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal will compete in a total of 13 One Day International (ODI) matches.

In conclusion, the Asia Cup 2023 promises to be a unique experience with its hybrid model. The exciting blend of matches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka adds a novel element to the competition. While fans might miss the iconic India-Pakistan matches on Pakistani soil, the innovative format guarantees an enthralling series of cricket. The cricketing world eagerly awaits the kick-off of the Asia Cup 2023.


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