Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed that there has been no proposal for Pakistan to play its games at a neutral venue during the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 in any International Cricket Council forum.
Contrary to some media reports suggesting a hybrid model that would have Pakistan playing its World Cup matches at neutral venues, the ICC has stated that there are no plans for such an arrangement.
Sethi clarified in a media statement on Friday that the Asia Cricket Council has received a suggestion to hold India’s matches at a neutral location during the Asia Cup.
However, he denied that the ICC has received any formal proposals regarding neutral venues for the Cricket World Cup.
Sethi emphasized in the statement, as quoted by the International Cricket Council (ICC), that at no point during Thursday’s media interaction did he reference the ICC or make any remarks about the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. He added that this matter has not been raised or discussed in any ICC forum thus far.
“At no stage during Thursday’s media interaction, did I give any reference to the ICC or made any remarks on the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is scheduled in October. This matter has not been mooted or discussed at any ICC forum so far,” said Sethi in the statement as quoted by International Cricket Council (ICC).
Earlier reports suggested that the Pakistan team could play its ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 matches in Bangladesh instead of India, the tournament’s original host.
Conversations have occurred about potentially shifting Pakistan’s matches to a neutral venue, with Bangladesh being proposed due to its proximity to India.
A hybrid model is being considered for this year’s Asia Cup.
While Pakistan is the original host, India is likely to play their matches at a neutral venue.
Although this has only been mentioned as an option and no formal discussions have taken place, the PCB has noted that India’s non-participation in the Asia Cup could impact the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, which will also be held in Pakistan.