The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi made a straightforward remark on having a ‘hybrid model’ for the forthcoming ODI World Cup in India. Notably, the two apex cricket boards, PCB and the BCCI have been at the loggerheads over the hosting rights of the upcoming Asia Cup and the 50-over World Cup.
“We feel this hybrid experiment can also be applied when it is time for the World Cup. Our stance is that everything should be on a reciprocal basis. In the old times, yes, there were security issues in Pakistan. But now there are no issues, so what is India’s excuse for not playing in Pakistan?” Sethi said at a press interaction as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
We are not needy and can stand on our own feet financially: Najam Sethi
“We have been told that, maybe, the ice will keep on melting – if this happens when the Champions Trophy is held in Pakistan in 2025, India would consider playing in Pakistan. We have been advised to play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue and also go to India for the World Cup,” told Sethi.
“But I can say right now that public mood is: we are not needy and we can stand on our own feet financially and we want to play cricket with India honourably. We are also negotiating with the ACC,” he added.