The relations between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are never normal, to say the least. It is because the cross-border tensions between the two countries have kept the two cricketing nations away from each other since 2007.
The Bilateral series’ between India and Pakistan are also not happening these days and the question of the two countries playing each other at home is simply out of percentage right now.
To add more fire to the fuel, the hosting rights for the Asia Cup 2020 were given to Pakistan and the green shirts are all set to host the prestigious Asia Cup for the first time in 12 years.
The Asia Cup was last played in Pakistan and the Indian team participated in that competition under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
According to the CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has given the tournament hosting rights to Pakistan and they can no longer play any role in this regard and it is certainly not in their jurisdiction.
The Asia Cup 2020 is hosted just before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia and the Asia Cup is also going to be played in the T20I format.
Will India Participate In The Asia Cup 2020?
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the participation of the Indian team in the Asia Cup 2020 being held in Pakistan is not an option for them at the moment.
Although, the BCCI doesn’t have any problems with Pakistan hosting the tournament the Indian team won’t be traveling to Pakistan to play in the Asia Cup 2020, according to the BCCI official.
“The question isn’t about the PCB hosting the tournament. It is about the venue and as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral venue. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup. If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” the official said.
The last edition of the Asia Cup was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Pakistani players couldn’t obtain the visas of India to participate in the tournament.
Hence, the BCCI shifted the tournament to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The BCCI is also expecting the same from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the moment.
The BCCI also went on to say that the PCB can do just the same and host the event in a neutral venue. “A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018,” the official said.
International cricket has been restored completely in Pakistan as the Sri Lankan cricket team also completed a successful Test tour of the country and the Bangladesh Cricket team also played a series of three T20Is recently. However, the participation of the Indian team in the Asia Cup 2020 scheduled in Pakistan still remains a mystery.