Pakistan threaten to skip T20 World Cup in India
Wasim Khan, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Saturday threatened that they will not send their team to India for the T20 World Cup 2021, if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) don’t send their team to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2020.
The Asia Cup 2020 is scheduled to be held in September this year, with Pakistan nominated as the host country for the tournament.
“If India don’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, we would also refuse participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup there,” Khan told the reporters in Lahore.
“The hosting rights have been given to us by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and we can’t just hand them over to anyone. We don’t have that authority,” he said.
He also added, “We are currently considering two venues to host the Asia Cup.”
According to cricket experts, the main hurdle to Pakistan hosting the Asia Cup will be whether India agree to play in the country due to security issues.
It should be noted that the Indian team have not toured Pakistan since 2008, while they have also not played a full Test bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 due to strained political and diplomatic relations. Pakistan, however, did visit India in 2012 to play a short limited-overs series.
Meanwhile, Khan also informer the reporters that PCB would try to get hosting rights of at least three ICC events between 2023 and 2031.