Game On or Game Over? BCCI Refutes PCB’s Hybrid Model for Asia Cup 2023

Game On or Game Over? BCCI Refutes PCB's Hybrid Model for Asia Cup 2023

The on-going Asia Cup 2023 saga between India and Pakistan is still far from getting over. The 2 countries have been standing firm in their stance of not traveling to each other’s land to play cricket and are ready to boycott any competition that comes in the way.

Its been an entire decade since the two arch-rivals involved in a bilateral series (2012-13) and its been more than a decade since India last traveled to Pakistan. Co-incidentally the Intercontinental Cup was the reason why India last played at Pakistan in 2008 where the Men in Blues lost to Sri-Lanka in the final.

A couple of days back, reports were indicating that BCCI had agreed to the Hybrid Model proposed by the PCB. It meant that India will play their respective Asia Cup 2023 matches outside of Pakistan. Among the options were Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

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However, the apex governing body of Indian cricket stated that it had never accepted the Hybrid Model and any concrete decision has not been made yet. Our sources close to BCCI have said that officials of Sri-Lankan and Bangladeshi cricket board have been invited to watch over the IPL 2023 Final between CSK and GT.

It is being said that a decision on Asia Cup 2023 will be made after the IPL Final at the Narendra Modi Stadium. During that time team India will be playing the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia at the Oval.

In case India doesn’t travel for the Asia Cup 2023, the tournament could get cancelled. And BCCI have already made up its mind to hold a tournament of their own in the period of September. Right after it, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is slated to begin from October.

With India still resisting to travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023, will PCB send its team for the grandest competition of cricket or will they boycott the event?