Afridi welcomes India to play Asia Cup 2020 in Pakistan
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Former skipper Shahid Afridi has said that Pakistan would welcome arch-rivals India for Asia Cup 2020, stressing that cricket was the "only way" to end tensions between the neighbours.
"We will welcome India if they come to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup 2020. I think we have always welcomed them in Pakistan," he said to local TV channel.
"Cricket, in fact, sports is the only way to bridge gaps between countries."
When asked about the hosting rights for Asia Cup 2020, the former all-rounder said that the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) would be making the decision.
"I think it’s a decision of ACC. Let’s see what happens. Whoever hosts the event, cricket should continue."
The ACC had awarded the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2020 to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in December of 2018.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been dodging a bilateral series with Pakistan citing political tensions. As the PCB plans on staging the event on home soil, the Indian cricket board says it would skip the tournament but not travel to Pakistan.