A long-term profitable media rights agreement between the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the broadcaster may be in jeopardy if a quick resolution to the standoff between India and Pakistan on hosting the Asia Cup cannot be found.
The Asia Cup has been awarded to Pakistan, but the BCCI has declared that because to ongoing political tensions between the neighbours, India will not send a team to the tournament in September and would rather that the continental event be moved to the UAE or Sri Lanka.
There won’t be any interesting India-Pakistan matches if India withdraws from the Asia Cup in Pakistan, which could result in big losses for the broadcaster.
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The long-term deal between the ACC and the broadcaster, according to a source, stipulates that Pakistan and India must play each other at least twice or three times during the regional multi-team championship.
He claimed that, similar to the Asia Cup in the UAE in 2022, the broadcasters had been given the promise that the sworn enemies will face each other at least twice prior to the final game.
Without Pakistan and India matches, the broadcasting agreement will fall through, he claimed.
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief, Najam Sethi, made that clear during a meeting, according to the source.Pakistan expressed its desire to host the competition and its readiness to offer all security guarantees to the competing teams, including India, during the most recent ACC executive board meeting.
The source claims that Sethi has not said that the PCB should consider hosting and splitting the games between Pakistan and the UAE so that India might play in the latter nation.
There have been rumours that Pakistan won’t host the eagerly anticipated match between India and Pakistan.
perhaps moved to the UAE In addition, if India and Pakistan advance to the final, the summit game should be held in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan would not be able to join the ICC meeting in March unless something is done at the ACC board meeting.does not at the moment have this option.
The Asia Cup participant nations agreement, according to a PCB official, features a force majeure clause that allows the competition to be shifted, although it is dependent on the host country.