Zaka Ashraf, the potential chairman of the PCB, firmly opposes the implementation of a hybrid model for the Asia Cup 2023

Zaka Ashraf

Pakistan Cricket Board’s potential chairman Zaka Ashraf vehemently opposes the hybrid model scheduled for the Asia Cup 2023, which is set to commence on August 31 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Despite PCB’s earlier proposal to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) advocating for the hybrid model, Zaka Ashraf has now made a surprising statement regarding the tournament’s venue. As the controversy surrounding the Asia Cup continues to linger in the minds of PCB’s prospective chief, the future of Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup remains uncertain, with potential hardball tactics from the BCCI looming.

During a press conference in the Pakistan capital, Zaka Ashraf clarified his stance, stating, “The first point is that I had rejected the hybrid model (for the Asia Cup) in the past itself – because I do not agree with it. The board of the Asian Cricket Council had decided that it should be held in Pakistan, then we should host it.”

However, reports suggest that this rejection might jeopardize Pakistan’s involvement in the World Cup, while the BCCI may adopt a tough stance in response. An ACC board member affirmed that a venue change is currently off the table, stating, “The Asia Cup model has been accepted by ACC and there would be no change. Zaka Ashraf is free to say whatever he wants.”

It is worth noting that Ashraf is one of the two candidates nominated for the chairman post. The final decision lies with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who serves as the patron-in-chief of the board and holds the authority to make the appointment. Ashraf contends that the proposed model is unfair to Pakistan, as the key matches are scheduled to take place outside the country originally designated as the host.

“Teams like Nepal and Bhutan are going to play in Pakistan – which is not fair for Pakistan. I do not know what the board has decided previously; I do not have access to the information. I will check and do whatever is feasible within the shortest possible time for the betterment of Pakistan,” Ashraf expressed.

Following the approval of the PCB’s hybrid model proposal, the ACC announced the venues and schedule for the tournament on June 15. In a statement, the ACC expressed their delight, stating, “We are delighted to announce that the Asia Cup 2023 will be held from 31st August to 17th September 2023 and will see the elite teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal compete in a total of 13 exciting ODI matches.”

After PCB’s hybrid model proposal was approved, the ACC announced the venues and schedule for the Asia Cup on June 15. In a statement, the ACC declared, “We are delighted to announce that the Asia Cup 2023 will be held from 31st August to 17th September 2023 and will see the elite teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal compete in a total of 13 exciting ODI matches.”

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