New Delhi, Despite the issue of hosting the Asia Cup being cleared, the schedule is not being released. Once again it seems to be stuck. The Pakistan Cricket Board has now put forward a demand for revenue equal to that of India. For this reason, there is a delay in releasing the schedule. Let us tell you that in the annual meeting of the ICC, it was agreed between the BCCI secretary and the new PCB chairman to conduct the tournament under the hybrid model. But now Pakistan has screwed it up. Being the host, he wants a major share of the earnings from the Asia Cup matches to be held in Sri Lanka.
Just like what BCCI got for being the host for the Asia Cup held in UAE last year. The Asian Cricket Council has called a two-day meeting in Dubai on Sunday and Monday with the intention of finalizing the schedule of the tournament.
The thing to note is that Pakistan is the main host of the Asia Cup this time. Despite this, he has got to host only 4 matches. A total of 9 matches including the final will be played in Sri Lanka under the hybrid model. It also includes two India-Pakistan matches to be held in Dambulla. This is expected to generate maximum revenue. PCB wants a bigger share of it.
A PCB source told The News, “It has already been decided that Pakistan as the host country will only host the Asia Cup matches while the rest of the schedule will be held in Sri Lanka. The important thing is how much revenue Pakistan gets for hosting the remaining matches in Sri Lanka.
What does Pakistan want?
According to PCB sources, Pakistan will demand a change in the schedule in the Asian Cricket Council meeting and will demand to host more than 4 matches due to the rainy season in Sri Lanka. Had the second leg of the Asia Cup been played in the UAE instead of Sri Lanka, Pakistan would have earned more. Then PCB would earn money through gate money i.e. tickets, hoardings and other methods of marketing. However, the rest of the countries rejected the idea of holding the second leg there in view of the heat in the UAE in the month of September.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 15, 2023, 19:22 IST