NEW DELHI: The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is clear that while it has no problem with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that hosts the 2020 edition of the Asian Cup, it will be a preparatory ground for World T20 in Australia: the place must be neutral since traveling to the neighboring country is not an option at this time.
Speaking to IANS news agency, a BCCI official said that lodging rights are not a problem and it is only a case of choosing a neutral place since the Indian team would not travel to Pakistan for the T20 tournament that will see the best Asian teams in action .
“The question is not about the PCB that organizes the tournament. It is about the place and, as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral place. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to participate in a multinational event like the Asian Cup. If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) agrees with an Asian Cup except India, then it is a different ball game. But if India is going to participate in the Asian Cup, then the place does not it may be Pakistan, “commented the BCCI official.
In fact, the problems in obtaining the visa for Pakistan players to come and play the 2018 edition of the Asian Cup in India was one of the main reasons why the tournament moved out of the country with the BCCI as host of the event in the UAE.
The official also said that the PCB can do the same and organize the event in a neutral place. “A neutral place is always an option. The BCCI did it in 2018, ”said the official.
Cricket returned to Pakistan after a decade when Sri Lanka toured the nation in 2019. While Sri Lanka was the first nation to play a complete series in the country, Bangladesh is currently touring the country in three phases. Three internationals from T20 have just played, all in Lahore. Bangladesh now plays a Test from February 7 to 11 in Rawalpindi and then appears in a single ODI before playing the second Test from April 5 to 9, both in Karachi.
Published on Dawn, January 29, 2020