Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistani bowler, has announced the new location for Pakistan’s hosting of the Asia Cup in 2023.
The defending champions Sri Lanka or Pakistan have been offered as locations for the event by Shoaib.
“I want Asia Cup 2023 to be held in Pakistan; if not Pakistan, then Sri Lanka,” Akhtar said.
The PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, has stated that they are considering all alternatives and will bring up the issues in the future ACC and ICC meetings. He wishes to see India and Pakistan compete in the Asia Cup finals and World Cup.
“I want to see India and Pakistan play the final in Asia Cup and World Cup. Nothing else should happen in world cricket, just India and Pakistan finals,” he said.
“We have complex issues on hand, but when I go to the ACC and ICC meetings, I have kept all options open for us, and we have to take a clear position now,” Sethi said while addressing media on Monday.
In addition, the chairman of the PCB executive committee stated that India is adamant about not sending a squad to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. If they don’t go to Pakistan, the PCB may decide not to compete in the World Cup in India.
“I have kept my options open because when all teams are coming to Pakistan and have no issues with security. Then why is India worried about the security? In the same way, we can also have security concerns over sending our team to India for the World Cup, and I will be bringing this to the table at the coming meetings,” he said.
This month’s ICC CEO and Executive Board meetings are set, but the issue has not yet been resolved.