The revenue from Asia Cup for Sri Lanka would be as much as that of Pakistan’s. It’s a win-win situation for SLC, BCCI and ACC’s current president Jay Shah. But for Pakistan, it’s just nothing of benefit or loss or humiliation. It’s the BCCI, who have to take a U-turn in order to make Pakistan play the World Cup ODI in Ahmedabad. However, Sri Lanka at advantage since Shaheen Shah Afridi also not likely to play the Test series in the island nation.
Firstly, Sri Lanka would be happy to host 2023 Asia Cup’s remaining 9 ODIs out of of a total of 13 including the final. Pakistan just to host 4 starting ODIs of the Asia Cup including #PakvsNepal. Secondly, Sri Lanka also looking forward to host two Tests of the WTC cycle against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka at advantage since Shaheen Shah Afridi also not likely to play the Test series. However, it’s not yet confirmed that at least three top players from Pakistan’s international team would skip Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Thirdly, Sri Lanka at advantage to win all ODI matches of the World Cup qualifying round. This success and then to play ODI World Cup, Sri Lanka would benefit a lot. SLC is looking forward to win ODI World Cup after qualifying. However, it’s just not a cake walk for Sri Lanka as West Indies, and few other fighting cricketing nations also can come in their way.
Earlier, Sri Lanka along with Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh had no objection to play Asia Cup in Pakistan. But BCCI’s secretary Jay Shah, who is also ACC’s president invited them and tried his best to tarnish #PakistanCricket. A three to nine months of reports coming on and on for these two events, Asia Cup and World Cup opened up broadcasters’ eyes.
The broadcasters, now licking their lips. A battle of ego and pride to end by benefiting Sri Lanka more and Pakistan also not worried at the moment. It’s India, who have to take a U-turn by not shifting entire Asia Cup tournament to somewhere from Pakistan.