The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday cleared in a statement that India will not visit Pakistan to play in Asia Cup though they have no objection about Pakistan hosting the tournament.
A BCCI official as quoted by IANS said, “The question isn’t about the PCB hosting the tournament. It is about the venue and as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral venue.
Denying any possibility of India visiting Pakistan, the BCCI official further said, “There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup.
“If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” the official said.
The Indian board official pointed out to a similar incident when India adjusted with the circumstances and shifted the 2018 Asia Cup in a neutral venue. In the aforementioned competition, obtaining visas for Pakistani cricketers to visit India turned out to be one of the major issues behind shifting the tournament in the neutral venue – United Arab Emirates.
“A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018,” the official said.
Pakistan have been quite optimistic about arranging the multi-nation competition at home as after decade of drought, international cricket has gradually on its’ way to return to the country.
After successfully arranging the bilateral series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan just completed the first leg of the bilateral encounters against Bangladesh. They will play a Test from February 7 to 11 and then play a one-off ODI before playing the second Test starting from April 5.
All the matches of this years’ Pakistan Super League (PSL) will also be conducted in Pakistan.
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