Pakistan to host matches of Emerging Cup, India refused to go
Pakistan will host six matches of the Asian Emerging Nations Cup in December.
But the arch rivals India refused to play any matches in Pakistan owing to security concern.
A Pakistan Cricket Board said that the BCCI had refused to send its team to Karachi or Lahore for the tournament which features the best emerging talent from Asian countries.
Later it is decided that India will play all their matches in Sri Lanka. The final of the Asian Emerging Nations Cup is also scheduled to occur in Colombo. Sri Lanka is the co-host of the tournament.
A Pakistan Cricket Board official said,“A proper security plan has been prepared for the visiting teams and they will be given top security throughout their stay in Karachi from December 4 to 10.”
The official also revealed that three matches would be held at the Karachi National Stadium and the other three games at the Southend cricket stadium in Defense.
Karachi National Stadium has been undergoing massive renovation and is expected to be anew prior to the tournament. The PCB official also said they are expecting a positive boost regarding the security concern in the country after a successful arrangement of the Emerging Nations Cup.
Eight teams will participate in two legs in the competition.
Bangladesh, UAE and Hong Kong are grouped with Pakistan for the Karachi leg of the tournament while Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan feature in the other group in Colombo.
The tournament will begin in December. India is the defending champion of the tournament.