Sri Lanka, Bangladesh present their cases amid Asia Cup deadlock

Bangladesh expressed their concerns regarding playing in Dubai, while Sri Lanka is ready to host the tournament and left the final decision to ACC

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh present their cases amid Asia Cup deadlock PHOTO: BCB

The fate of the Asia Cup hangs in the air, as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is adamant about showing any forbearance to the idea of playing the Asia Cup in accordance with the hybrid model proposed by PCB.

However, other Asian nations and their respective boards have come up with their proposals to sort out the mega-event deadlock. A top official from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) told Cricbuzz in an interview that they are ready to host the event; nevertheless, the final decision lies with ACC.

"The SLC is prepared to host the Asia Cup at short notice. The decision now is up to the ACC,' SLC official said.

This averment from SLC came on the screen when BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, reportedly denied the tentative proposal of the hybrid model by PCB.

Apart from SLC, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed their reservation and willingness with reference to Asia Cup 2023. BCB's cricket operations chairman, Jalal Yunus, told the media that, "We are interested to play the Asia Cup. Whatever model the tournament is held in, we are interested. If the ACC decides that the tournament will be played in Dubai and the other members agree, we will have to play there."

Moreover, BCB also cited their concerns over playing in Dubai which might cause their players discomfort and lead to injury due to extreme weather conditions in the Gulf state. Nonetheless, similar to SLC, BCB also left the final decision to the governing body, i.e., ACC.