PCB chief Ehsan Mani says India supported Pakistan's bid to host 2020 Asia Cup, venues to be decided later

PCB Chief Ehsan Mani on Friday said that India had supported Pakistan's bid to get the hosting rights for the 2020 Asia Cup

Press Trust of India, Jun 14, 2019 18:25:16 IST

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani on Friday said that India had supported Pakistan's bid to get the hosting rights for the 2020 Asia Cup at the recent Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Singapore.

"India supported our bid but the venues will be decided later. Our preference is to have the matches in Pakistan if the Indian government gives permission to the Indian board to send its team to Pakistan for the tournament. If not, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the second option," Mani told the media in Lahore.

Next year's Asia Cup is scheduled for September before the World T20 in Australia.

PCB chief Ehsan Mani says India supported Pakistans bid to host 2020 Asia Cup, venues to be decided later

File image of Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani. Reuters

India had hosted the Asia Cup in the UAE in 2018 after Pakistan had refused to travel across the border.

Mani said that Pakistan was trying to bring international cricket back to the country and its first priority will be to have matches in Pakistan. "But it will depend on whether the Indian team is cleared to tour the country." The Asian Emerging Nations Cup was held in Karachi and Dubai earlier this year with India playing all their matches in the UAE while Pakistan played their group games in Karachi and later travelled to the UAE for the final round.

Mani also made it clear that despite the continued suspension of bilateral cricket between Pakistan and India, the relations between the two boards remained cordial. "Both boards have no issues with each other and we have cordial relations. But our policy on the resumption of bilateral ties with India is now clear...that is...we will not request them again to play with us," Mani, a former President of the International Cricket Council, said.

"The Indian board will now take the first step if they want to resume bilateral cricket series. Hopefully, since the elections are now over in India and the government has been formed the political climate will change and allow the resumption of ties," he added.

 

Updated Date: Jun 14, 2019 18:25:16 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254