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World Cup 2023: ICC bluntly about the World Cup, said- Pakistan should tell whether the ODI World Cup will play in India

Pankaj Prasad
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ICC President Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice have arrived in Lahore to seek assurances to ensure Pakistan's participation in the ODI World Cup in October-November.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to inform whether it will play in the ODI World Cup to be held in India. ICC President Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice have arrived in Lahore to seek assurances to ensure Pakistan's participation in the ODI World Cup in October-November.

PCB chief Najam Sethi has made it clear that if the Indian team does not tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup, then their team will also not go to India for the ODI World Cup. Only after this the top officials of the ICC had to go on a tour of Pakistan. "The ICC office-bearers are trying to act as a bridge between the PCB and the BCCI and sort out the pending issues related to the Asia Cup and the World Cup," the source said.

BCCI worried about hybrid model of PCB

Sources said, “The ICC and the World Cup host Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are worried about Najam Sethi's hybrid model. Sethi has suggested a hybrid model for the Asia Cup ahead of the World Cup, but officials are concerned that if the model is accepted for the regional competition, the PCB will face questions from the ICC over Pakistan playing in India. Can ask to implement this model in the World Cup as well.

PCB wants its matches at neutral venue

Najam Sethi has already indicated that if the Pakistan government does not allow the team to be sent to India due to security reasons, then the PCB will ask the ICC to get Pakistan's matches at neutral venues. "It is natural that ICC and BCCI do not want such a situation as it will affect the India-Pakistan match and even the success of the tournament," sources said.

India's matches at neutral position in hybrid model

Pakistan's proposal for a hybrid model to have four Asia Cup matches in Pakistan and all India matches at neutral grounds was not supported by BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Then pakistan will not play asia cup

Pakistan is the host of the Asia Cup and Sethi has repeatedly reiterated that his team will not participate in the competition if the tournament is held at a neutral venue instead of Pakistan.