Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi has informed Greg Barclay of the International Cricket Council about his concerns on playing the World Cup match against India in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. The PCB wants its games to be held in Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru.
Barclay and ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice recently travelled to Karachi to ask PCB boss for assurances that they won’t demand that their ODI World Cup matches be played at a neutral site because ACC is ready to reject their proposal to play the Asia Cup using a “Hybrid Model.”
Sethi informed Barclay and Allardice that Pakistan doesn’t want its matches planned in Ahmedabad unless it’s a knockout game like the championship, according to PCB.
“He requested the ICC to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata if the national team gets clearance from the Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November,” PCB continued.
It must be noted that the Inzamam ul Haq-led side had played at the Motera during its 2005 trip to India, despite concerns from Pakistan’s board regarding the safety of its players if they were required to play India in Ahmedabad.
The PCB source further said that Sethi sought ICC representatives to persuade BCCI to adopt Pakistan’s hybrid model for the Asia Cup, even though it is unlikely to be used.
Moreover, he attested to Sethi’s insistence that the company would not accept the new revenue-sharing model unless its share was increased during the new five-year cycle.
According to the source, Sethi “made it clear that it was unfair that Pakistan should receive a smaller share of the ICC revenues in the new cycle compared to Australia and England.”