Asia Cup 2023: “Now, They Can Say Whatever They Want, It Doesn't Matter” – Rashid Latif Claims PCB Has Bowed Down In Front Of BCCI

Updated - 26 Apr 2023, 05:31 PM

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There is a lot of buzz for the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has suggested a hybrid model for Asia Cup 2023 to ACC where India would play their matches at a neutral venue & Pakistan would play their matches in their backyard. Rashid Latif stated that PCB should have taken a stand for the championship where they were the hosts. Rashid Latif was quite furious at PCB for agreeing to BCCI.

Asia Cup 2023 would be played in a 50-over format after the 2018 edition. UAE & Qatar are considered to be the potential neutral venues to stage the championship. Asia Cup 2023 is tentatively scheduled to take place in September 2023 which would serve as a stepping stone for the nations ahead of ODI WC 2023.

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PCB have bowed down officially in front of India- Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif was having an interaction with Cricket Pakistan and spoke about the Asia Cup 2023. Rashid Latif was quite upset that Pakistan couldn’t host the entire tournament in their backyard despite having the rights.

“They [PCB] have bowed down officially [in front of India]. Now, they can say whatever they want in media, it doesn’t matter,” said Rashid Latif.

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Proposal to play India’s matches at neutral venue & rest in Pakistan – is under discussions within ACC- Najam Sethi

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi made it clear that he didn’t make any comment on ODI WC 2023 where some reports stated that Pakistan would play their matches at a neutral venue. Najam Sethi also pointed out that the board had mentioned a hybrid model to ACC where Pakistan would play their matches at their home ground & be the hosts whereas India would play their matches at a neutral venue.

“This proposal – to play India’s matches at a neutral venue and the rest in Pakistan – is under discussions within the ACC.At no stage during Thursday’s media interaction, did I give any reference to the ICC or made any remarks on the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is scheduled in October. This matter has not been mooted or discussed at any ICC forum so far,” said Najam Sethi.

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