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PCB refuses to play ODI series after SLC’s proposal to host Asia Cup



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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed disappoinment over the Sri Lankan cricket board's desire to host the Asia Cup and reject the proposal for an ODI bilateral series.

According to PCB sources cited by news agency PTI, the relationship between the two boards has soured after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) offered to host the entire Asia Cup instead of the four games scheduled in Pakistan as per the 'Hybrid Model' proposed by Najam Sethi.

"An example of the increasingly strained relations between the two boards emerged after the PCB turned down a proposal by the Lankans to play a few One-Day International matches next month in Sri Lanka," PCB source stated.

According to reports, a reliable source confirmed that the PCB after initially saying they would consider the proposal had turned it down now.

"It is a clear indication that the PCB is not happy with the Sri Lankan board stepping in to offer to host the Asia Cup in September when it is Pakistan's turn to host the regional event at home," the source said.

Pakistan is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in July to play two Tests of the next ICC World Test Championship cycle and apparently the SLC had suggested that Pakistan also play a few ODIs as they are optimistic their team will book a spot from the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe and would need more exposure before the main event in October.