Pak­istan re­luc­tant to play U19 Asia Cup in In­dia

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Cricinfo

La­hore, Pak­istan - The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to raise an ob­jec­tion to In­dia host­ing the U19 Asia Cup amid the cli­mate of po­lit­i­cal ten­sion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The tour­na­ment is sched­uled to be held in Ben­galuru in Novem­ber this year with Pak­istan re­luc­tant to tour.

In­dia has al­ready been al­lot­ted the host­ing rights of the tour­na­ment, but the PCB is set to ta­ble a res­o­lu­tion to re­lo­cate it to a neu­tral venue, dur­ing the up­com­ing de­vel­op­ment and an­nual gen­eral meet­ings of the Asian Cricket Coun­cil (ACC) on Au­gust 11 and 12.

Sha­har­yar Khan, the PCB chair­man, is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the ACC.

"Since Pak­istan is cur­rent chair of ACC, we will discuss this mat­ter on Au­gust 12 in Colombo," Na­jam Sethi, head of the PCB's ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, told ESPNcricinfo.

"There are se­cure neu­tral venues out­side In­dia and Pak­istan where the cham­pi­onship can be held."

Ac­cord­ing to an In­dian news­pa­per re­port, the BCCI has al­ready writ­ten to the In­dian gov­ern­ment to seek a clear­ance to host the U19 Asia Cup since the tour­na­ment would in­clude a team from Pak­istan.

PCB sources con­firmed to

ESPNcricinfo that they want Pak­istan to play the tour­na­ment but do not want the team to face any in­con­ve­niences while do­ing so.

"We def­i­nitely want to play the tour­na­ment, be­ing an im­por­tant mem­ber in the ACC," a PCB of­fi­cial said.

"But play­ing in In­dia in present cir­cum­stances is not pos­si­ble. There will be a visa glitch and a lot of other offfield is­sues will pre­vail. We don't want to face any in­con­ve­nience ahead of the event."

Be­sides the venue, the western re­gion qual­i­fy­ing round for the U19 Asia Cup, which is sched­uled to be held in Kuwait from Oc­to­ber 10-22, is also set to be a key topic dur­ing the meet­ings, given the di­plo­matic cri­sis in the Gulf re­gion.

The pool of nine teams in the western re­gion in­cludes Qatar as well as teams from three coun­tries that have bro­ken di­plo­matic ties with it: UAE, Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain. The boards of the three teams have raised concerns over the pres­ence of Qatar in the pool.

Since Pak­istan is cur­rent chair of ACC, we will discuss this mat­ter [re­lo­ca­tion of U19 Asia Cup] on Au­gust 12 Na­jam Sethi

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