Asia Cup 2023 is likely to be held in Pakistan but India will play its games at a neutral venue. After a brief standoff, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are working swiftly to reach a settlement that could result in the two teams playing their tournament matches against each other outside Pakistan. India is likely to play its Asia Cup 2023 matches in England, Oman, Sri Lanka or UAE.
“The boards had a meeting a few days ago and the tournament will be allowed to be held in Pakistan. India will play its matches at neutral venues and will not travel to Pakistan, venues where India can play its matches,” a source told ANI. “Oman, UAE, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are likely to be there. However, a decision will be taken later,” he told PTI.
Overseas venues are still to be decided, although the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sri Lanka and possibly England are viable candidates to host India’s matches, including at least two matches between India and Pakistan. The neutral venue is not confirmed but UAE, Oman, Sri Lanka and even England are possible contenders. If India book their place in the final of the Asia Cup, the summit clash will take place at a neutral venue.
India and Pakistan have been clubbed together with the qualifiers in the six-nation Asia Cup to be played in the 50-over format in the first part of September this year. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are part of the second group.
The final will be one of a total of 13 games to be played over the course of 13 days. As per the 2022 Asia Cup format, the top two teams from each group advance to the Super 4, where the top two teams compete in the final.
After the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Bahrain in mid-March ended without any resolution, the members gathered in Dubai for two more rounds of informal discussions.
The BCCI team included IPL Governing Council chief Arun Dhumal and BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The PCB, which will host the 2023 Asia Cup, was represented by its chairman Najam Sethi.
Last October, the PCB was caught by Jay Shah, who said that the 2023 Asia Cup would be held at a “neutral” venue. The PCB, under then-chairman Rameez Raja, quickly responded that Pakistan would withdraw from the competition if it was moved out of the country.
A proposal to co-host the Asia Cup by a neutral country was mooted and considered in an official meeting of the ACC.
Last year, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Jay Shah had said that India would not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup due to security reasons and the tournament would be played at a neutral venue, to be decided in the next round. ACC members executive board meeting this month
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