Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it quite clear that Pakistan will refuse to participate in the T20 World Cup in 2021 if BCCI doesn’t allow Indian players to tour Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup in 2020.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan didn’t consider any second thoughts over expressing his views on the board’s decision in disallowing their players to participate in next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in India if the Indian team fails to turn for the Asia Cup later this year.
Pakistan, where the international cricket has already suffered a lot after it was ruled out of favor in last ten years, recently hosted Sri Lanka in a two match Test series to mark the return of international cricket in the country.
Pakistan is currently hosting Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series. It was after a lot of deliberations between the two countries that the BCB agreed to tour Pakistan for a three-part series.
Some of the reports stated that PCB made a deal with the Bangladesh Cricket board (BCB) to offer them hosting rights for the upcoming Asia Cup in return of the Bangladesh.
However, PCB CEO quashed any such claims regarding any deal that was made between the two cricket boards. “PCB have not made any deal with Bangladesh to play this series in Pakistan and in return we give them hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2020, ” Wasim said.
“It is not the prerogative of the PCB or the ICC to change the host as it was the decision of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC),” Wasim was quoted as saying by The Dawn.
While it is still not clear if Pakistan will be successful in hosting the Asia Cup later this year, PCB seems adamant to reverse their stand on not opting to travel India for the next year’s T20 World Cup in India.
“We are currently considering two venues to host the Asia Cup. If India doesn’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, we would also refuse participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup there,” added Khan.
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