Amid the ongoing uncertainty over the venue for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reportedly shown interest in hosting the 2023 edition of the continental tournament and said it is prepared to host the championship if Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decide to allots the showpiece event to them.
The development comes just few days ahead of the ACC meeting, which will take a final call on the fate of the six-nation tournament.
“The SLC is prepared to host the Asia Cup at short notice. The decision now is up to the ACC,” a top SLC official said on Monday.
According to the Cricbuzz report, BCCI is firm on its stance and continues to oppose the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wherein the matches are hosted in Pakistan and UAE.
Meanwhile, reports also suggests that different boards feels that there should be only one venue for the continental tournament.
“Colombo or nothing,” a BCCI source reacted to the talks, citing logistical inconvenience as the reason for its opposition while an SLC official said: “We will go with the BCCI.”
Reportedly, apart from the SLC, both Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), the heads of which are in India for the IPL 2023 final, are not in mood for the proposed hybrid midel and are standing the BCCI. Notably, the hybrid model has been proposed by the PCB.
Earlier, PCB head Najam Sethi had earlier said that the Green Brigade would not partcipate in the Asia Cup 2023 if it is not allowed to host a few games in his country.