It’s payback time, Pakistan cricket, at last, prospered themselves with their desire of returning the favor to their arch nemesis India. Recently on Tuesday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have shown their urge to move the imminent U19 Asia Cup out of India and plant it to a neutral venue which would stand strong regarding security concerns.
As per records, India has already been scheduled to host the tournament in November in Bangalore, but recently showing disagreement towards the fact, a top PCB official raised his mouth out given the present diplomatic situation between the two countries into equations, mentioned that it would request the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate the venue at its meeting later this week at Colombo.
We will be taking up this issue with the Asian Cricket Council when its development committee meeting is held in Colombo this weekend- PCB Official
He also added the PCB didn’t intend its players to pass through the period of tensions regarding the uncertainty whether they will be able to travel to Bangalore for the event or not.
In recent times, visas have been refused to number of Pakistani sporting teams and we don’t think the conditions in India are conducive for our team to play there- PCB Official
Shaharyar Khan following his completion of a three-year tenure as PCB chairman this week is all set to establish himself with a brand new tag of chairman of the ACC at the weekend meeting. Najam Sethi, being the major figure elected as Shaharyar’s successor on Wednesday confirmed that Pakistan wanted the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament to be shifted out of India. Adding spice to this issue, a reliable source within the PCB already confirmed the Board had now decided to take a tougher stance on ties with India.
“After the BCCI recently made it clear it didn’t want the Pakistan emerging team in the tri-nation series in South Africa, the PCB has also decided to adopt a tough line now with Indian Board,” the source said.
He also took a dig into the matter on which the South Africans had already invited Pakistan to replace the Australian side in the tri-series but instead ended up opting for Afghanistan following resistance from the BCCI’s end. He also confirmed that Pakistan would also take up the issue of the venue for the planned Asia Cup senior tournament next year in March-April at the ACC meeting.
Considering the importance of the Asia Cup event for the development of junior players the officials hinted that it could be held anywhere in the region but not in India. Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have already tangled both the countries in an unavoidable skirmish which somehow led the prevention of the neighbours from playing a bilateral series since 2007, apart from Pakistan’s tour to India in 2012-2013 when they played a short limited-overs series.