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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to ensure the 2020 Asia Cup is held in Pakistan.
Mani’s unwavering stance comes after Pakistan were awarded the rights to host the tournament by Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Nazmul Hasan last December.
With the tournament being held in Pakistan, it remains to be seen whether India will agree to play in the country.
While the tournament can be shifted to a neutral venue if political relations between India and Pakistan remain frosty, Mani insisted that he wants the Asia Cup to be played in Pakistan.
“The decision to host the 2020 Asia Cup in Pakistan was taken unanimously at the last meeting. The ACC meeting on Tuesday reconfirmed the decision to award the event to Pakistan,” Mani was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “Our intention is to hold the event in Pakistan.”
A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official made it clear that the national team will take part in the 2020 Asia Cup only if they get the green light from the government.
“The hosting rights are awarded on a rotation basis. It was India’s turn to host the previous edition. Given the prevailing situation at that time, the BCCI shifted the tournament to the United Arab Emirates. It’s always the responsibility of the host country to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament and participation of all countries,” the official said.
“A final call will be made ahead of the tournament. As has been the procedure in the past, the BCCI will write to the government seeking its permission. If the government gives us [the] go-ahead, India will play, otherwise not.”
Since next year’s Asia Cup will precede the World Twenty20, all the matches in the competition will be Twenty20 Internationals.