With Asia Cup T20 slated to be held later this year, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday dropped hints that his country might give up its hosting rights. Also Read - PSL Franchises Ask PCB to Move Remainder of Tournament to UAE
Mani, speaking at the launch of the Pakistan Super League, pressed on the fact that he did not want the revenue of the associate nations was hurt and the final decision will be taken after taking into account the majority view of all the stake-holders in the Asian Cricket Council. Also Read - India vs Pakistan Rivalry to Resume in 2021? PCB Asked to be Prepared For Bilateral Series
“We have to ensure that earnings of the associate members are not affected. It is not so much about the full members but about the associate members,” Mani said. Also Read - Not Possible to Hold Asia Cup This Year; Hopes India Visit Pakistan For 2023 Edition: PCB Chairman
He also hoped that next year more matches are held in Peshawar.
The ACC is due to meet in the first week of March where Mani said venues and other details of the Asia Cup would be finalised.
Mani’s statement comes in the backdrop of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan for the tournament and insistence on playing its share of matches at a neutral venue.
India has not toured Pakistan since 2008 while it has also not played a full Test bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 due to strained political and diplomatic relations. Pakistan did visit India in 2012 to play a short limited-overs series.
Wasim Khan, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCB, also indicated that Pakistan would be willing to forego its hosting rights if it can’t hold the full tournament at home.
He said most a neutral venue acceptable to all teams would be finalised.
The last Asia Cup in 2018 was held in UAE after the Indian board said it couldn’t host Pakistan in India.