Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear that India won’t participate in the Asia Cup later this year if the venue of the tournament isn’t shifted from Pakistan to somewhere else.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) holds the hosting rights for the next Asia Cup and BCCI is not asking for the rights to be taken away from them.
According to the BCCI, PCB can make all the decisions that a host association is supposed to make, but if the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) wants India to be a part of the Asia Cup, they will have to ask the PCB to organize the event in some other country.
“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.” A BCCI official was quoted as saying by IANS.
“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.” The official added.
BCCI itself held the hosting rights for the previous edition of the Asia Cup which took place a couple of years back in 2018, but they had to change the venue as Pakistan refused to travel to India.
And now they want the same from the PCB as well. Recently, there were speculations that the PCB would boycott the T20 World Cup 2021 if India did not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2020.
However, the PCB clarified that they had no plans to do so. But, they, at the same time, insisted that they were really keen to organize the Asia Cup on their home turf and if India did not want to come, they could play their games outside Pakistan.
It’s interesting to see what the ACC is going to decide in terms of India’s participation in the tournament after BCCI has made its stance pretty clear.
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