Pakistan optimistic about hosting India in 2023 Asia Cup, says PCB chief Ehsan Mani

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani is optimistic about hosting India in the Asia Cup in 2023 and hopes the political relations between the 2 neighbouring international locations would enhance by then.

Mani knowledgeable that Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup in 2022, ruling out any possibilities of the continental occasion being staged this 12 months in June.

“In 2022 Sri Lanka will have it (Asia Cup) and in 2023 Pakistan will be hosting the regional event. I am optimistic that by time the political relations between the two countries would have improved and this would pave the way for the Indian team to come to Pakistan,” Mani mentioned.

“In recent days there has been some positive signs through backdoor channels and hopefully the ice will melt in the relations,” he informed the ‘Jang’ newspaper in an interview on Wednesday.

Mani mentioned if the Indian staff visits its neighbours, will probably be a “big breakthrough” for Pakistan cricket.

Mani additional mentioned that the Asia Cup 2021 is unlikely to be held as Pakistan doesn’t have the time for it as a consequence of PSL 6 matches and India may also be busy with the ICC World Test Championship ultimate towards New Zealand.

“Their is no question of the Asia Cup being held this year as we are very busy and don’t have time to spare this year.”

“There was a small window in June in which we are going to play the rest of the Pakistan Super League matches,” Mani mentioned.

“The Indian team will play the final of the Test Championship against New Zealand. They have to go to England two weeks ago and stay in quarantine so the Indian team is also busy,” he added.

Mani mentioned he hasn’t formally acquired any data on the reviews of India sending its ‘B’ staff for the Asia Cup.

“We have also heard about the Indian board wanting to send a B team to Asia Cup but no one has spoken about it to us.”

Mani mentioned the income earned from the Asia Cup shall be spend on selling cricket in affiliate international locations.

He mentioned the Asian Cricket Council is assured a correct earnings from the match provided that all of the groups participate in the regional competitors.

Mani additionally disclosed that the ICC had assured the PCB about Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 this 12 months in India.

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