After SLC's proposal to host the Asia Cup, PCB refuses to play an ODI series in Sri Lanka

The Pakistan Cricket Board is quite upset at the Sri Lankan board for expressing their desire to host the entire Asia Cup and has declined the PCB's offer to play an ODI bilateral series in the island nation. According to sources in the PCB, relations between the PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket have turned sour after Sri Lanka's offer of hosting the entire Asia Cup instead of four games being held in Pakistan as per the 'Hybrid Model' proposed by Najam Sethi.

As per a source close to the PCB, "an example of the increasingly strained relations between the two boards emerged after the PCB turned down a proposal by the Lankans to play a few One-Day International matches next month in Sri Lanka."

Pakistan is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in the month of July in order to play two Tests in the next ICC World Test Championship cycle. SLC had also suggested that Pakistan should also play a few ODIs, as they are hopeful that their team will secure a spot in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe and would need more exposure before the main event in October.

But a source confirmed that the PCB, after initially saying they would consider the proposal, had turned it down. According to the statement, "It is a clear indication that the PCB is not happy with the Sri Lankan board stepping in to offer to host the Asia Cup in September when it is Pakistan's turn to host the regional event at home."

Jun 3, 2023 7:09 AM