Discussions expected on Asia T20 Cup in Dubai next week
LAHORE: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will meet in Dubai next week under its Chairman Nazmul Hassan, with one of the key discussions expected to be around this September’s Asia Cup T20 tournament.
The meeting will take place on 3 March and Pakistan will be represented by their chairman Ehsan Mani, also a former ACC and ICC President.
Last year, the ACC had awarded the Asia Cup to Pakistan, but due to unconstitutional and undemocratic decisions by Narendra Modi’s government in Kashmir as well as on the Line of Control, concerns have grown on the prospects of Pakistan hosting the India cricket team for the competition.
A PCB spokesman while talking to APP here on Friday confirmed the dates of the ACC meeting, saying: “The ACC meeting will take place in Dubai on 3rd March. The meeting agenda includes an update on the Asia Cup T20 tournament. So, we expect there will be some discussions on the staging of the tournament, which is scheduled in September.
“The ACC is the event authority, while the PCB is the event host. So, at the end of the day, it will be the ACC Board that will make the final decision on the event venue though it remains Pakistan at this stage.”
In 2018, the ACC Board had allocated the Asia Cup 50-over tournament to BCCI but decided to stage the event in the United Arab Emirates due to Pakistan cricket team’s inability to travel to India.
The situation has only worsened in the past 12 months in the aftermath of Pulwama incident and due to India’s atrocities in Kashmir and the controversial citizenship laws.
The ACC tournaments are organized with the sole objective of raising revenues, which can be reinvested in cash-strapped cricket development countries such as Nepal, Singapore, Bhutan, Brunei, Iran, Oman, Kuwait, Thailand and Afghanistan.
Pakistan last staged the Asia Cup in 2008 in Lahore and Karachi, with Sri Lanka defeating India in the final at the National Stadium.
The two countries have not played a bilateral series since 2012 when Pakistan toured India for three ODIs and two T20Is. - APP