In a bid to secure guarantees from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that it will not advocate for the adoption of a hybrid format for its matches in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 in India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman and CEO have traveled to Lahore. While the status of the Asia Cup 2023 remains uncertain, the ICC is urging Pakistan to commit to participating in the World Cup, scheduled for October-November.
According to insiders familiar with the matter, Greg Barclay, the ICC chairman, and Geoff Allardice, the CEO, made their visit to Lahore specifically to seek assurances from the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the national team’s involvement in the prestigious tournament.
“The ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as hosts of the World Cup, are concerned about the hybrid model being advocated by Najam Sethi, who leads the cricket management committee of the PCB,” revealed a source familiar with the discussions.
It is evident that both the ICC and the BCCI are apprehensive about the potential implementation of a hybrid format, as proposed by Najam Sethi, which involves a combination of traditional and T10 cricket. This innovative approach has raised concerns among the cricketing authorities, prompting them to seek assurances from the PCB regarding its commitment to the established ODI format for the World Cup.
The presence of Greg Barclay and Geoff Allardice in Lahore demonstrates the significance the ICC places on resolving this matter and ensuring a successful and traditional ODI World Cup. The discussions between the ICC officials and the PCB are crucial in reaching a mutual understanding and clarifying Pakistan’s stance on the tournament.
As preparations for the ODI World Cup progress, it is imperative for all participating teams, including Pakistan, to uphold the integrity of the format and compete in a manner that upholds the spirit of the game. The outcome of these discussions between the ICC, the BCCI, and the PCB will play a pivotal role in determining the future course of action and ensuring a seamless and traditional World Cup experience for players and fans alike.