PCB: BCCI has a June, 2020, deadline to confirm participation in Asia Cup

The Asia Cup, scheduled for September, 2020, is to be played in Pakistan.

The PCB is ready to have the tournament held at a neutral venue, but the final decision will be made by the Asian Cricket Council.   -  AP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set a June, 2020, deadline for the BCCI to confirm the Indian team’s participation in the Asia Cup in Pakistan scheduled for September, 2020.

“We need to see if India agrees to come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. There is still some time till next year’s September but by June, we have to know where we are going with this and if it can’t be hosted here because of a lack of involvement of India,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an interview.

However, the final decision to shift the tournament will be Asian Cricket Council’s prerogative. “But that is a decision for the Asian Cricket Council and ICC to make. We are ready to have India in the Asia Cup,” Khan said.

'Good relations'

Khan acknowledged the practical problems in having any bilateral cricketing ties with India in the prevailing strenuous relationship between the two neighbours. “Board to board level, we share a good relation with India but they have a lot of government interference and we can’t keep on running after them to play a bilateral series. If they want to play they will have to tell us and give us a firm commitment. We have no issues playing at a neutral venue,” Khan said.