Pakistan reluctant to play U19 Asia Cup in India
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