PCB and SLC Clash Over Financial Disagreement Over Co-hosting 2023 Asia Cup at ACC Meeting in Indonesia - Latest Global News

PCB and SLC Clash Over Financial Disagreement Over Co-hosting 2023 Asia Cup at ACC Meeting in Indonesia

In a recent development, reports have surfaced about the recent meeting of the Asian Cricket Council in Bali, Indonesia where the Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka cricket The board discussed back and forth over a list of unpaid financial expenses during the 2023 Asia Cup co-hosted by the two countries after PCB adopted a hybrid model for the 50-over tournament.

The 2023 Asia Cup was originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan, but the BCCI’s refusal to send the Indian team there due to security concerns forced the PCB to postpone India’s matches, some of the group matches as well as the knockout stages in Sri Lanka to move Lanka.

The SLC had signed a series of agreements with PCB covering expenditure on hotels, flights, accommodation and venue fees. The latter board would pay Sri Lanka $281,700 for four charter planes before agreeing to spend nearly $2,069,885 on event fees in the island nation.

Then boss Najam Sethi, who oversaw the hosting of the continental event, paid 75% of the sum and agreed to pay the balance after the tournament. However, they still have hotel bills to pay and SLC president Shami Silva brought the issue to the discussion table at a recent ACC meeting, as reported in Cricket Pakistan.

The ACC President also attended the meeting Jay Shah who asked Silva to arrange meetings with the PCB and discuss the matter directly with them. His cryptic request could also mean that he is unwilling to help the Pakistan board.

PCB then claimed that ACC was also liable for the payments due as they were forced to organize the 2023 Asia Cup in a hybrid model. They also revealed that ACC had only allocated $2.5 million as hosting fee while the original cost of organizing the tournament reached the $4 million mark.

What will be PCB’s next move given the financial pressures and tensions in the office?

Cricket in Pakistan is indeed going through difficult times as there is yet another wait for the appointment of a new PCB chief following the resignation of Zaka Ashraf. There are also talks of a change in the role of team director, which Mohammad Hafeez has been leading since November without a proper salary.

And to make matters worse, the SLC raised this point at a completely wrong time when the PCB itself was going through a period of turmoil in its office. The internal disputes in the Pakistan board also had a direct impact on the team’s performance.

After Babar Azam resigned from captaincy following exit from CWC 2023, PCB appointed Shan Masood as Test captain and Shaheen Afridi as T20I captain. Their journey under a new regime began with a 3-0 win over world champions Australia in the Benaud Qadir Test series before New Zealand defeated Afridis 11 4-1 in the T20I series.

With the Pakistan Super League on the horizon, all attention is likely to be focused on the 9th edition for now. However, the ongoing financial squeeze between PCB and SLC is expected to worsen in the coming days.

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