PCB chairman hints at Pakistan giving up Asia Cup hosting rights

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani hinted that Pakistan country might actually give up its hosting rights for the upcoming Asia Cup T20 tourney which is to be held this year. PCB chief Ehsan Mani, on Wednesday, while speaking at the launch of the Pakistan Super League trophy at the National Stadium added that the venue of the Asia Cup would be decided after considering the majority opinions of all the stakeholders in the Asian Cricket Council.

PCB chairman hints at Pakistan giving up Asia Cup hosting rights
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani

The ACC is due to meet in March where Ehsan Mani added that venues and other details of the Asia Cup would be finalised.

“We have to ensure that earnings of the associate members are not affected. It is not so much about the full members but about the associate members,” Mani added.

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Mani’s remarks come after India turned down the proposal to travel to Pakistan for the tournament and that India are adamant to play against Pakistan only at a neutral venue.

India has not toured Pakistan since the year 2008 and have also not played a full Test bilateral series against Pakistan since 2007 due to political tensions between the two nations. Pakistan did travel to India in the year 2012 in order to play a short limited-overs series since then they both have been meeting each other only in ICC events.

The last Asia Cup tournament in 2018 was held in UAE after the Board of Control for Cricket in India said it couldn’t host Pakistan in India.

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