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ACC prepares for Asia Cup sans ‘Host’ Pakistan



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The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is getting ready for the Asia Cup without host Pakistan, reported The Telegraph India.

The other nations have been made aware by Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and ACC chairman, that they will not accept the "hybrid model" proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Shah recently brought up the subject with the leaders of the member countries and suggested that the tournament be held in a single location, specifically Sri Lanka.

PCB had proposed a hybrid model, under which the initial four matches of the group stage in the primary phase of the tournament shall be played in Pakistan.

Moreover, the next phase, including matches of India and finals, is to be played at a neutral venue. In that scenario, Pakistan will play their group stage match against Nepal on home ground.

Likewise, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will also be playing their pool matches in Pakistan.

The article further stated that Pakistan would be made aware that all other participating nations have consented to play in Sri Lanka at the ACC's upcoming executive board meeting.

Pakistan might think about skipping the World Cup if India refuses to tour Pakistan and rejects the hybrid concept. According to reports, the PCB has informed ICC representatives that government approval is required for them to compete in the World Cup.