U-19 Asia Cup shifted from Bengaluru to Malaysia

Owing to the prevailing political tension between the two countries, PCB chairman Najam Sethi raised objections and it was unanimously agreed that the continental tournament be moved out of India.

Najam Sethi opposed the idea of sending the Pakistan U-19 team to India for the Asia Cup.   -  AFP

The Asian Cricket Council today decided to shift the U-19 Asia Cup tournament from Bengaluru to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) refused to send its team to India.

Owing to the prevailing political tension between the two countries, PCB chairman Najam Sethi raised objections and it was unanimously agreed that the continental tournament be moved out of India.

According to sources, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary didn't object to the shifting of venue.

The BCCI had already written to the Indian government, seeking clearance to host the event as it would include a team from Pakistan.

The tournament will feature eight teams, with four — Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka — qualifying automatically.