Officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will meet with their counterparts from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Dubai on Sunday and Monday. It is to finalize the logistics and schedule of the ACC Asia Cup, which will begin on August 31. After preliminary discussions, PCB officials and ACC representatives will meet in Dubai this weekend. It is to finalize all the arrangements connected to the Asia Cup. According to one of the PCB officials attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings in Durban, South Africa, it is known.
Asia Cup 2023: PCB-ACC officials finalize details in Dubai
Pakistan will only host four matches, but those reports have been confirmed now that discussions have concluded. According to the PCB official, having the matches in Sri Lanka was secondary to the financial benefits. Pakistan was in talks with ACC officials even when Sethi was in charge of the PCB Committee so that they might make as much money as India did when they hosted the Asia Cup in the UAE last year. “Our goal is to match or exceed the revenue that India received from hosting the Asia Cup in Dubai last year.” On Sunday in Dubai, attendees will address income alongside other topics connected to the travel of teams, officials, and journalists.
“To start with, the ACC just agreed to hold one Asia Cup match (Pakistan vs Nepal) in Pakistan. But following a series of discussion between former Management Committee chairman Najam Sethi and ACC officials. It was decided that Pakistan would host three matches and then a fourth was added,” the official said.
He further said: “Pakistan will host four matches now that include Pakistan vs. Nepal and almost all the first round matches of other groups, Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan.
“Pakistan will play against arch-rivals India most probably in Dambulla twice in a week. And then again if both teams make it to the final.”
“It has already been finalized that Pakistan will only host Asia Cup matches as a host nation while the rest of the event will be in Sri Lanka.
“The important thing is how much Pakistan gets as revenue to host remaining matches in Sri Lanka.
“By organizing the event in UAE, we were confident of getting a healthy revenue from gate money, ground hoarding, and other related marketing ventures.
“But in Sri Lanka it is hard to generate an extra amount. We have to reach some understanding with the ACC to ensure that we would get revenues we are looking at.”
“PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and BCC Secretary Jay Shah met a few days back in Durban. They had an initial discussion on all the issues expected to be finalized in Dubai before its official announcement.
“One thing is certain the only window available to host the Asia Cup is the first fifteen days of September. It is with one match already decided to be held on August 31. From September 15 onward, the World Cup preparations will take centre stage,” the official said.