India may play its Asia Cup games in UAE, not Pakistan: Report
According to sources in the Board (PCB), in a possible solution to the Asia Cup impasse, Pakistan may continue to host and India may be offered to play their matches in the UAE, where some of the games will be held. In such a situation, according to a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), if India qualifies for it, UAE will also host the final. An emergent meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was held in Bahrain on 4 February at the behest of PCB chief Najam Sethi after the continental body released its schedule and Pakistan was yet to be named the host of the tournament.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Sethi said more discussions on hosting the Asia Cup ODI tournament would be held on the sidelines of the ICC meeting next month as the matter remained “unresolved”.
When asked by reporters whether Pakistan would host the tournament in September, Sethi said, “What can I say about what happened in the Asian Cricket Council board meeting. There was no proposal.”
However, reliable sources aware of the developments said that the most likely solution to the problem appears to be that Pakistan will continue to host the Asia Cup, but some matches will also be held in the UAE, where India can play all its games, including the final. is included. If necessary (if India qualifies for the final).
“Sethi made it clear in the ACC meeting that the PCB wanted to host the tournament and some of the matches in its own country,” the source said.
The Asia Cup was initially allocated to Pakistan and was scheduled for September this year, but BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the ACC president, announced last October that India would not travel to Pakistan.
PTI reported earlier this month that the UAE is the favorite to host the tournament with three venues being Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, but the decision has been put on hold for the time being.
A senior BCCI official in the know of the matter told PTI, “The change of venue has been postponed till March.
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