Pakistan to suffer financially if absent in ODI World Cup, says Najam Sethi
The PSL has given us financial imputes and has made us stand sound.
LAHORE (Web Desk) - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said he had advised a hybrid model to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in which Pakistan and India could play their matches at neutral venues, says a report.
Mr Sethi called for a rational approach to solve the imminent crisis that can probably hinder the successful hosting of the Asia Cup and the country's participation in the ODI World Cup that is scheduled in India.
“We have already floated the idea of a hybrid model to the ACC member countries whereby India should be allowed to play their matches at a neutral venue of their choice. When it comes to Pakistan's participation in the October 2021 ODI World Cup, we will follow the same pattern," said the PCB chairman.
Explaining the low chances of Pakistan team for travelling to India for the ODI World Cup, Mr Sethi said, “In case of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan to compete in the Asia Cup, chances are that the Pakistan government would not allow Green Shirts to cross the borders for their World Cup participation."
"In that case, cricket will be the ultimate sufferer. There should be a middle way to solve problems that surely threaten the smooth hosting of ICC (International Cricket Council) and ACC events. In case of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, the government will not allow us to travel to India to figure in the World Cup matches,” Sethi added.
He further indicated the chances that Pakistan might suffer financial losses due to the team’s non-participation in the ODI World Cup. “The PSL has given us financial impetus and has made us stand sound. If there are any financial losses those will be for both boards,” he said.