‘Pakistan may have given Asia cup hosting rights to Bangladesh’
When almost everyone in Pakistan is quite happy with how the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have convinced their Bangladeshi counterparts for a full-fledged bilateral series, though in three parts, former captain Rashid Latif has come up with a shocking claim.
Latif said he is afraid Pakistan may have given their Asia Cup hosting rights to Bangladesh in order to get them to tour the country. The former Pakistan batsman noted that the split series could have “negative repercussions in [the] long [run].”
“Congratulations to [the] PCB for convincing Bangladesh to tour. However, the efforts they have made for the past two or three years in the resumption of international cricket may take a hit due to the split series,” said Latif in a recent YouTube video.
“In my opinion, the impact of [the] World XI, West Indies and others team touring Pakistan has been broken. It can have negative repercussions in [the] long [run],” he added.
Latif’s suspicions came on the back of PCB and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) coming to an agreement that will see the Tigers play three T20Is, two Tests and a one-off ODI against Pakistan over three separate tours.
“Touring in one go has a different impact worldwide. Bangladesh has accepted Pakistan’s demand but they kept their ego intact. If we have achieved something out of this, then it is important to know whether we have made any sacrifice for it. I just have a concern regarding [the] Asia cup. Have we given the hosting rights to Bangladesh in return for them touring?”
Latif also pointed out the possibility that Bangladesh might be a neutral venue for the Asia cup.
“It might be [a possibility]. These things are yet to be revealed. If [the] Asia cup doesn’t happen in Pakistan, then it means a deal has been struck.”