BCCI is keen to host the 2018 Asia Cup Cricket tournament. It has sought a green signal from the union government as the competition involves the participation of the Pakistan national cricket team.
The Indian cricket board has earlier lost the opportunity to host the under-19 Asia Cup. The tournament was shifted to Malaysia as the BCCI did not get a green signal from the Government and the Pakistan Cricket Board has raised concerns about sending a team to India.
“We had written to the government for the U-19 Asia Cup three months ago and we did not get a response. So the event had to be shifted to Malaysia. Now for the senior event, we will again write to the government as there cannot be an Asia Cup without an India or Pakistan,” a BCCI official was qouted by PTI as saying.
Pakistan had objected to India hosting the tournament, citing political tensions between the two countries. The decision to shift the venue was taken during ACC’s development committee meeting held in Colombo.
“The India-Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup is the marquee clash. If that doesn’t happen, the tournament is meaningless. And let me make it clear, it is not about playing Pakistan in a bilateral event, it is a multi-team event like any ICC event,” the official added.
Despite the tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan have been playing each other in world events and recently battled it out twice in the Champions Trophy in England in June.
The women’s team too played against Pakistan in the round robin stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup. “Like any ICC event, Asia Cup also involves other teams and an India-Pakistan clash is unavoidable,” said the official. He further said that the Asia Cup, which was earlier planned for June, will now be played in the second half of the year.
“The rain could be a factor in June, therefore it was agreed to shift the tournament to September or October. The final dates will be announced soon.”
Asia Cup is a format-wise rotational tournament between One-Day International and Twenty20 International, on the basis of upcoming world events.The 2018 Asia Cup will be a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament. It will be the 14th edition of the Asia Cup. In the last edition, India defeated hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka to win the tournament.