BCCI is keen to host the under-19 Asia Cup for cricket. The board has reportedly written to the Ministry of Home Affairs for a clearance. The tournament is slated for November.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has sought clearance from the Indian government to host the Under-19 Youth Asia Cup since the tournament will include a team from Pakistan, according to an Indian Express report by Devendra Pandey. The tournament is originally scheduled for November.
The BCCI had reportedly written to the Home Ministry a few weeks ago and are still awaiting a response.
The BCCI as a safety measure has also asked the Asian Cricket Council, who will be meeting in Sri Lanka during the second week of August, whether they could push the tournament back to allow the Indian board some more time to get the necessary permission.
Sri Lanka has hosted the tournament last year and the BCCI are keen to bring it to India this year.
“The BCCI has written to the Indian government seeking permission for whether we can host the Youth Asia Cup for under-19 boys. In normal circumstances, we wouldn’t be too worried about getting the clearance but since the tournament would include a team from Pakistan an approval is being sought. The government’s stance so far has been that India cannot play Pakistan in a bilateral series but there’s no clarity on whether they could face each other in a multinational event like this,” a BCCI official is quoted as saying.
Earlier this year, as it turns out, the BCCI had written to the Indian government asking whether they could play Pakistan in a bilateral series next year. Their request was, however, turned down. The BCCI had then finalised a full home series with Sri Lanka in November-December of this year.
India has, however, granted visas to a 12-member Pakistan squad to participate in the Asian Athletics Championships, held at Bhubaneswar in the first week of July. A visually-challenged Pakistan team has also participated in the Blind Cricket World Cup in Delhi earlier this year.