PCB Wants Sri Lanka To Retain Asia Cup 2022 Hosting Rights Despite Civil Unrest In The Country: Reports

Updated - 15 Jul 2022, 11:25 PM

PCB Wants Sri Lanka To Retain Asia Cup 2022 Hosting Rights Despite Civil Unrest In The Country: Reports
PCB Wants Sri Lanka To Retain Asia Cup 2022 Hosting Rights Despite Civil Unrest In The Country: Reports

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants Sri Lanka to retain the hosting rights of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 despite the civil unrest in the country, as per reports.

In the Annual general meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in March, it was announced that the Asia Cup 2022 will be played from August 27 to September 11 in Sri Lanka and six teams will be competing for the title, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and one qualifier.

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Recently, Sri Lanka hosted Australia for an all-format tour without any security breach, winning the ODI series, managing to draw the Test series and losing the T20I series.

Ramiz Raja Formally Elected As PCB Chairman. Photo- PCB Twitter
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Meanwhile, a source has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board has assured Sri Lanka that the Pakistan National Cricket Team will be playing the Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle and Colombo despite the ongoing unrest in the island nation. Also, the source said that the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has assured Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that Pakistan will push for the Asia Cup to remain in Sri Lanka.

“The PCB chairman has assured his counterpart that Pakistan wants Sri Lanka to host the regional event as it would mean revenue earnings for the host country and will also boost their tourism,” the source was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times, originally reported by PTI.

The source added that all the members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be present during the upcoming ICC Board meeting in Birmingham in August and PCB will have a chance to discuss several things including the discussion on the hosting rights for the next Asia Cup in Pakistan.

“Since all the ACC members will be present, there will be discussions on the sidelines and Pakistan is clear that Sri Lanka must host the Asia Cup unless their board decides otherwise,” the source added

“Pakistan’s point of view is clear that it has a long-standing relationship with Sri Lankan cricket and both have always supported each other in times of need.”

If BCCI pushes for an extended IPL window, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja will protest against it – Source

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The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja will protest against the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) demand for a dedicated two-and-a-half-month IPL window from the next FTP calendar as Pakistan players are not allowed to take part in the marquee tournament, the source said.

“Pakistan’s stance is clear. Since its players are not allowed to play in the IPL nor does BCCI have bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, what is it going to gain from supporting an extended IPL window,” the source questioned.

“If BCCI pushes for an extended IPL window, Ramiz will insist that one country should not be isolated and made to suffer while other boards get benefits from it.”

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has hired the head curator of Adelaide Oval, Damien Hough, to help the board in the process of improving the pitches in the country. The experienced curator is set to be in Pakistan for two weeks and he will be visiting Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Babar Azam and Ramiz Raja
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja (right) with Pakistan national team skipper Babar Azam. Credits: Pakistan Cricket/Twitter

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