Pakistan could play World Cup matches in Bangladesh amid Asia Cup hosting fiasco


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Pakistan could end up playing its matches for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup in 2023 in Bangladesh considering the tense political situations between the two countries.

These discussions happened in the backdrop of a meeting of the global cricketing governing body in Dubai last week. On a similar note, a modified model of hosting the Asia Cup this year is also being explored, wherein India could play its games at a neutral venue, including options like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sri Lanka, Oman or England, ESPNcricinfo reports.

Apparently, formal discussions on the matter have not taken place yet but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sounded off the concerned stakeholders that India’s non-participation in the Asia Cup later this year could have repercussions on the ICC Champions Trophy slated to be held in Pakistan in 2025.

The hybrid Asia Cup would mean that even the finals of the tournament will be conducted in a neutral venue provided India manages to qualify for the summit clash. The PCB has been repeatedly asserting that their involvement in the World Cup in India, slated to begin from October 5, relies on India’s commitment towards taking part in the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh has emerged as an alternate possible venue option in that case considering that it shares borders with India, which will reduce any possible logistical hurdles in that situation. BCCI secretary Jay Shah, son of the Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, had asserted post his re-election to the post last year that the Asia Cup will not be held in Pakistan as hosting tournaments in neutral venues isn’t an unprecedented event.

Jay Shah is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), which oversees the operations of the Asia Cup. What could be the consequences of Pakistan playing its World Cup games in Bangladesh? Let us know by tweeting @cric_blog.


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