PCB set to confront BCCI over the Emerging Nations Cup issue during Asian Cricket Council meet

PCB chief Najam Sethi will chair the ACC meet as ACC president.

PCB chief Najam Sethi will chair the ACC meet as the ACC president

The Asian Cricket Council is due to meet in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia this week and will see the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a face-off over the Emerging Nations Cup.

According to a senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Pakistan will make it clear at the meeting that if India can't come to Pakistan to play in the Emerging Nations Cup than Pakistan will also not be able to send its team for the Asia Cup in September in India.

PCB will be trying to convince other member nations to move Asia Cup out of India to alternate venues like Malaysia or Sri Lanka so that Pakistan can participate.

PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi, and chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad are due to fly out for Kuala Lumpur where Sethi will chair the meeting as ACC President.

PCB is not happy over India's attempts to move the Asian Emerging Nations Cup out of Pakistan on security grounds. The ACC meeting will finalize dates for the two tournaments and the Asia under-19 Cup to be held this year.

Pakistan was given the hosting rights for Emerging Nations Cup in ACC meeting last October in absence of delegates from Bangladesh and India. Later India and Bangladesh both said they will not send their teams to Lahore for the Emerging Nations Cup due to security concerns.

However, PCB believes that India and Bangladesh have no grounds to resist having the Asian Emerging Nations Cup in Lahore. This belief is due to them hosting two PSL playoffs in Lahore and a bilateral series against West Indies recently.

The Indian board has steadfastly refused to entertain any full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2008.

The ICC will also meet on April 22 at Kolkata and PCB chief Najam Sethi said that he will try to convince India and Bangladesh to send their teams to Pakistan for bilateral series.

The issue between India and Pakistan is also complicated due to PCB demanding that the BCCI pays them a compensation of around $70 million for rejecting an MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 under which Pakistan and India were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

(With inputs from dnaindia.com)


By Jatin Sharma - 09 Apr, 2018

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