Asia Cup venue decision to be taken after IPL final: BCCI secretary Jay Shah

A final decision on the country or countries hosting the Asia Cup will be taken on the sidelines of the IPL final, which will be attended by a host of top Asian Cricket Council (ACC) dignitaries, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Thursday.

“As of now, the decision with regards to hosting the Asia Cup hasn’t yet been finalised.” We are busy with the IPL, but the top dignitaries of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Bangladesh, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board are coming to watch the IPL final. We will have a discussion and take a final decision in due course,” Jay Shah said.

The hosts for this year’s Asia Cup are Pakistan, but with the Indian cricket team not travelling to the neighbouring country without the Central government’s permission, PCB chairman Najam Sethi had proposed a “hybrid model,” where four games are supposed to be hosted in their country.

It has been learned from ACC sources that Sethi’s proposed hybrid model, in which Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan play four preliminary matches in Pakistan with India playing all its games at neutral venues, looks like a feasible solution, although the ACC has made no formal statements.

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