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Pakistan Cricket Board to host Asia Cup 2020

The next Asia Cup will be hosted by the PCB for the first time in over a decade, but whether that means it will be played in Pakistan or the UAE, is not yet clear.

The tournament, which will switch back to being a T20 event, is scheduled to be played in September 2020 – a month ahead of the World T20 in Australia.

If the situation in Pakistan, or Pakistan’s relationship with India, does not improve between now and then, it would seem logical for the tournament to be held in the UAE, the PCB’s de factor home ground since 2010. That would mean the UAE would have hosted back-to-back Asia Cups, having held a 50-over version this September.

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India did not host the tournament at home apprehending possible opposition of Pakistan who do not have a peaceful diplomatic relation with India.

Pakistan will host the next Asia Cup cricket, new Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Thursday.

“The next Asia Cup will be hosted by Pakistan, and the hosting right belongs to them. Where they will host the tournament, it’s up to them,” he said while talking to the media after an executive board meeting of the ACC at a city hotel.

The last Asia Cup was hosted by India who arranged the tournament in the UAE. Pakistan can do something like that, said Nazmul, who took over the charge of the ACC president recently.

India did not host the tournament at home apprehending possible opposition of Pakistan who do not have a peaceful diplomatic relation with India.

The ACC is looking to take steps to develop Asian cricket with more care.

Ehsan Mani, the chief development officer of ACC, on Thursday said: “We have a long programme to develop the Asian cricket. We want to start from under-16 and under-19 to the Asia Cup.”

“It’s not about cricket only but also about developing our umpires, match referees. Our main focus is to strengthen cricket of Asia. Asia is the strongest area for cricket. Afghanistan invested a lot for cricket and thus they became the full member nation of International Cricket Council (ICC), said Ehsan Mani”

We’re searching for more nations. Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi Arab are doing well. They can bring themselves to the next level. We’re trying to develop cricket of these countries, Ehsan Mani, the former president of ACC, further added.

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At the executive board meeting, ACC Vice-president KH Imran, Ehsan Mani, also PCB President, BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, SLC President Kamal Pathmasiri and ACB President Azziullah Fazale were present.

The tournament just gone was hosted by the BCCI, who opted to play it on neutral territory given that a Pakistan team traveling and playing in India would’ve been a complicated political issue.

Ties between the two countries are at a low ebb, neither side having played a full bilateral series against the other in over a decade and India not having played in Pakistan since June 2008. Tensions remain between their boards too, most recently in the dismissal of the PCB claim that the BCCI “legally breached” an agreement to play bilateral series in 2014 and 2015.

The 2008 visit, incidentally, was also for the Asia Cup, and the last time Pakistan held a multi-nation competition. The PCB has not yet responded to queries about where the tournament is planning to be staged.

Since the Lahore terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, international cricket has slowly returned to Pakistan. In the last year, Lahore has hosted T20Is against Sri Lanka and a World XI while West Indies played a series in Karachi in April this year. Added to are the staging of several high-profile PSL games in both cities over the last two seasons, with the involvement of foreign players.

Via: ESPNCricinfo / Dhaka Tribune

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