Pakistan will take the call on Asia Cup, says BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary

PCB had refused to take part in upcoming Asia Cup to be held in India.

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BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has made it clear that it's Pakitan's call to participate in the Asia Cup this year.

In December, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has expressed his views on India's objection to Pakistan hosting the 2018 Emerging Teams Asia Cup.

Sethi said PCB will decide whether the Pakistan team will travel to India or not for the Asia Cup this year. "I also raised the point that since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still awaiting an approval from the government to hold the Asia Cup and wants the visa clearance of all the participating teams, the PCB will decide whether to go to India or not because we are also bound by our government's clearance," Sethi had told Dawn.

On Tuesday Amitabh said that the Asia Cup is a part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and Pakistan has to decide whether to participate or not.

"Asia Cup is a part of the FTP. Irrespective of the names of the teams, the tournament has already factored in. There is nothing about it," Chaudhary said when asked about Pakistan's participation in the event.

"That is a question that Pakistan has to decide. In 2015, in the World T20 in India, Pakistan participated," he added.

According to PCB, the BCCI has not followed the Memorandum of Understanding signed between two countries in 2014. They had also rejected the PCB's demand for compensation for not honoring the MoU, saying the MoU was not binding and also raised the issue of security problems in Pakistan.

The 14th edition of the Asia Cup will be held from September 15 to 30 in India this year.

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 17 Jan, 2018

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