Pakistan eager to host Asia Emerging Nations Cup

PCB is trying their best to get the game back to the country.

BCCI has opposed this move by PCB. {AFP)

After hosting Sri Lanka in October for a T20 series and Lahore successfully hosting the PSL final this year, cricket has made a comeback of sorts to Pakistan. With an interest to extend the stint Pakistan are eager to his the Asia Emerging Nations Cup even after BCCI’s negotiations. Bangladesh too are not keen to support this stand from Pakistan.

BCCI and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are against Pakistan hosting the Asia Emerging Nations Cup. Pakistan acquired the rights when Asia Cricket Council held the meeting in Lahore. Indian and Bangladeshi representatives were not present at the meeting. BCCI has raised concerns over the security of the players in the country.

 “Pakistan was given hosting rights when the ACC meeting was held in Lahore on October 29 and India and Bangladesh representatives were not present in that meeting. We will do everything in our power to ensure that we do host the Asian Emerging Nations Cup” said a PCB Official according to reports.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi had earlier said PCB was keen on hosting the tournament, however, BCCI’s and BCB’s denial to this has made matters worse for PCB.

The official said, “The main objection raised by India is that in current political scenario India can’t send its team to play anywhere in Pakistan and it should have been consulted before deciding the venue.”

BCCI and PCB are already fighting it out ahead of the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee. PCB filed a complaint claiming a compensation worth USD 60 million from BCCI. Since then BCCI failed to honour their MoU of hosting 6 series between the span of 2015 to 2023.

By Anshuman Roy - 23 Dec, 2017

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