Pakistan won't play in Ahmedabad unless its a knockout game: Sethi informs ICC

 Rohit Sharma & Babar Azam
Indian captain Rohit Sharma with his Pakistani counterpart Babar Azam. File photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has intimated his International Cricket Council (ICC) counterpart Greg Barclay his apprehensions about playing the World Cup match against arch-rivals India at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium, according to sources.

The PCB wants its matches to be scheduled in Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Barclay and ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice were recently in Karachi to seek assurance from PCB boss that they won't demand to play their ODI World Cup matches at a neutral venue since the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is all set to reject its demand of playing the Asia Cup on 'Hybrid Model'.

According to a senior PCB source: "Sethi has conveyed to Barclay and Allardice that Pakistan doesn't want it matches to be scheduled in Ahmedabad unless it is a knockout game like final."

"He requested (the) ICC to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata if national team gets clearance from Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November," the source added.

The PCB official also informed that Sethi has asked the ICC officials to convince the BCCI to accept Pakistan's hybrid model for Asia Cup, which is unlikely to see the light of the day.

He also confirmed that Sethi had also insisted that it would not accept the new revenue sharing model unless its share was increased in the new five-year cycle.

"Sethi pointed out that it was unfair that Pakistan should get a lesser share of the ICC revenues in the new cycle compared to Australia and England," the source said.

"Sethi argued that Australia and England regularly get to play bilateral series with India and their players also take part in the Indian Premier League which means extra revenues for the two boards from the IPL management," he added.

The BCCI and ICC officials, who are presently in London for the World Test Championship final, are expected to finalise the schedule and venues for the World Cup in the next few days before it is circulated to the participating countries.

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