The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has brushed aside Zaka Ashraf’s apprehensions about the Asia Cup 2023’s hybrid model.
Ashraf, who is likely to be the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, had stated that the hybrid model won’t benefit Pakistan as hosts of the Asia Cup.
"In my personal opinion, this whole hybrid model isn't beneficial for Pakistan and I didn't like it," Ashraf said. "Being a host, Pakistan should have negotiated better to make sure that the entire tournament should have played in Pakistan. Sri Lanka taking the bigger lot of games, leaving Pakistan with only four games, isn't in the best interest of our country.
"But I see the decision has been made, so we have to go with it. I will not block or have any intention not to comply with the decision. I cannot do much about it but to honour the commitment. But going forward, every decision we make will be made for and in the interest of the country."
Responding to Ashraf’s statement, an ACC board member said that there would be no change in the hybrid model.
"The Asia Cup model has been accepted by ACC and there would be no change. Ashraf is free to say whatever he wants," an ACC board member was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times on Thursday.
It must be noted that the Asia Cup's first phase, containing four matches, will be played in Pakistan. However, the event will then move to Sri Lanka for the remaining nine cricket matches including the final.
The event is scheduled to take place from August 31 to September 17.
Pakistan will be hosting matches of a multi-nation cricket tournament for the first time since 2008. Fifteen years ago, Pakistan had hosted the Asia Cup 50-over tournament.