Pakistan to play Asia Cup

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Pakistan are still concerned about the security situation in Bangladesh

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have confirmed that Pakistan will participate in the this year’s Asia Cup, which will be held in Bangladesh and is set to underway on February 25.

Pakistan were initially hesitant about playing in the tournament due to all the political turmoil in Bangladesh.

“Obviously every country’s participation is subject to their government’s order, more so in the subcontinent,” ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq said. “Pakistan’s security officer will arrive here on January 18 to take part in the ICC’s security meeting which will, I am sure, give a clean report as there is no problem at the moment. The two officials of Sri Lanka Cricket are very close to me and they, too, I hope will give a clean report. The Pakistan team is provisionally booked to arrive on February 22 as they want to practice on February 23 and 24.”

Huq revealed that the tournament would have gone ahead even if Pakistan had decided to pull out.

“The Asia Cup will go on even if any team decides not to participate in it,” Huq said. “Earlier in 1986 in Sri Lanka, India didn’t participate while in 1991, Pakistan didn’t participate in India.

“I have been informed by BNP’s authorised spokesperson that they will support the event. But I can’t disclose a name. Those who believe that the Asia Cup will be shifted elsewhere are living in a fool’s paradise.”

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