The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited the presidents of the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan cricket boards for the final of the IPL 2023 scheduled to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad this Sunday.
“The respective presidents of the Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka Cricket Boards will grace the Tata IPL 2023 final to be held on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We will hold discussions with them for outlining the future course of action in relation to Asia Cup 2023,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Thursday.
The tussle over the venue for the continental event continues with BCCI adamant on not playing in Pakistan citing security concerns and refusal of permission from the Indian government.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had initially threatened to boycott the 2023 ODI World Cup in India should BCCI not change its stance.
However, later PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said he has proposed a hybrid model to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) whereby Pakistan and other nations will play in the country while matches involving Indian team will be held at a neutral venue.
However, as per reports, the SLC and BCB officials have expressed their reservations at hosting a part of the event in the UAE. They have cited logistical issues as the reason.
Another suggestion is that PCB keeps the hosting rights but the tournament is held at a neutral venue like the last edition for which Sri Lanka was the original host but due to the political unrest in the country, it was held in UAE.
PCB maintains the hybrid solution is acceptable and threatens it will pull out of the tournament should its proposal gets rejected.
Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to be played in September, a month before the ODI World Cup.
first published: May 25, 2023, 12:42 IST
last updated: May 25, 2023, 12:42 IST