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‘Yeh kya ho gaya bhaijaan’ – Fans troll Pakistan as reports of Asia Cup 2023 moving to Sri Lanka emerge

The Asia Cup 2023 is likely to be scheduled before the 50-over World Cup

Sri Lanka set to host Asia Cup

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) intends to move the competition from Pakistan. Hence Sri Lanka is probably going to host the 2019 Asia Cup. The idea to relocate the event from the original host nation has been in the works ever since Indian Cricket Board Secretary Jay Shah declared that the Indian squad would not cross the border.

The location of the competition will be decided by the end of the month, and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are all in favour of the island’s hosting the event. Given that there are suspicions that Pakistan may boycott the competition, it is currently unknown if Pakistan would participate.

ACC members did not endorse Pakistan’s hybrid model to host the Asia Cup 2023

Despite the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) persistent interest in hosting the tournament at home and the Indian Cricket Board’s support from other ACC members, the decision seems to be a formality. To host the Asia Cup, the PCB has suggested a hybrid strategy in which only India’s matches would be held in Dubai. Due to a lack of official consent, the Indian Cricket Board declined to attend the event in Pakistan.

However, nobody has shown any interest in the idea, and the tournament broadcaster has also raised reservations about it. Since September was peak summer in the United Arab Emirates, the other boards were reluctant to play in the Gulf a month before the 50-over World Cup. At a recent informal gathering of the ACC members, even Oman is said to have offered to host the event. Nevertheless, considering the circumstances, Sri Lanka has been selected as the best place.

Though the conditions were challenging for the participants, the 2018 Asia Cup was staged in Dubai in September. The UAE has been completely disqualified since Hardik Pandya sustained a back injury during that competition, intended to serve as a warm-up for the World Cup, which will begin in the first week of October. Even those games, played in the second half of the summer, proved difficult for players to handle. The Indian Cricket Board has previously scheduled the IPL in September (2020).

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