After several months of verbal war between PCB and BCCI over the hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2023, Sri Lanka has emerged as the frontrunner to host the upcoming continental cup.
The Island Nation is likely to host the upcoming tournament, as the ACC will soon announce their decision to shift the competition out of Pakistan as reported by Indian Express.
Notably, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan have supported BCCI over PCB and are in support of Sri Lanka hosting the Asia Cup. With the majority of the participant favouring the Island Nation, it would be easier for ACC to snatch the hosting rights from Pakistan.
Notably, the ACC president and BCCI secretary Jay Shah had communicated that India would not travel to Pakistan over safety issues and worked in the direction to move the tournament out of Pakistan. In return, PCB proposed a hybrid model for India, which seems to have been rejected in the latest development.
After the recent news, the Pakistan Cricket Board has not confirmed their team’s participation in the Asia Cup as they earlier threatened to boycott the continental cup if the tournament moved out of their country.
Interestingly, Sri Lanka failed to host the Asia Cup last year due to an economic crunch, following which it was shifted to UAE.