PCB clarifies position on ICC Cricket World Cup

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed that at no stage had the idea of Pakistan playing its games at a neutral venue during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 been proposed in any International Cricket Council forum.

India will host the Cricket World Cup across October and November this year while Pakistan is scheduled to host the Asia Cup 2023.

Some media reports had suggested that a hybrid model had been proposed which would see Pakistan play its World Cup matches at neutral venues, something the ICC says there are no plans for.

In a media statement released on Friday Sethi reconfirmed there is a proposal in front of the Asia Cricket Council, the administrators of the Asia Cup, to stage India’s matches at a neutral venue but refuted that any such measures have been formally proposed to the ICC around the Cricket World Cup.

“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,” said Sethi, via the statement.

“This matter has not been mooted or discussed at any ICC forum so far.”

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