PCB welcome to host T20 Asia Cup, but India won’t participate
India’s governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it very clear that they do not have any issue with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hosting the T20 Asia Cup tournament but the Men in Blue will not take part in the tournament if the competition is held in Pakistan.
It is now quite clear with this statement, BCCI wants the tournament to be held at a neutral venue or the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will have to proceed with the competition without India taking part.
A senior BCCI official on the condition of anonymity has come out and mentioned that the Indian team will not play in Pakistan. He went on to add saying that if India are to take part in the Asia Cup, the multi-nation tournament has to be scheduled only at a neutral venue.
“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. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup,” a BCCI official told news agency IANS.
“If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” the official said.
“A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018,” the official cited, with reference to the previous edition of the tourney when the Pakistan Cricket Board had cited some issues in obtaining the Indian visas for the players.
With no option left, the BCCI came up with a new plan as they hosted the tournament in the UAE. Now, the BCCI will be expecting the PCB and the ACC to do the same to make sure that there is India’s participation in the tourney.