BCCI to seek government clearance to host 2018 Asia Cup in India after losing rights for U-19 event

The BCCI will seek the government's clearance to conduct the 2018 Asia Cup, involving Pakistan, in India despite losing the hosting rights of the under-19 continental event due to Pakistan Cricket Board's objections.

PTI, August 17, 2017

New Delhi: The BCCI will seek the government's clearance to conduct the 2018 Asia Cup, involving Pakistan, in India despite losing the hosting rights of the under-19 continental event due to Pakistan Cricket Board's objections.

"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, who did not wish to be quoted, told PTI.

Representative photo. AFP

Representative photo. AFP

"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, which reached the final of the women's World Cup, too played against Pakistan in the round robin stage of the tournament.

"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."

At the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Sri Lanka last week, it was decided that the U-19 Asia Cup will have to be moved out of India to Malaysia and will be held in November.

Pakistan, where no big team has played post the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, had opposed playing in India citing security reasons.

Sri Lanka, however, have agreed to tour Pakistan in September.

"We waited for government clearance for three months and after no clarity, the ACC decided to shift the tournament to Malaysia," the official said confirming that the Indian U-19 team will be playing Pakistan in the event to be held in Malaysia.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114