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BCCI refuses to send Team India if Asia Cup hosted in Pakistan
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BCCI refuses to send Team India if Asia Cup hosted in Pakistan

An official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stated the governing body's stance that India won't be participating in the Asia Cup 2020 if it is hosted in Pakistan. 

BCCI has no qualms over Pakistan hosting the tournament but they have asked for a neutral venue for India to partake.

Talking to IANS, BCCI representative said the Indian team won't travel to Pakistan if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to hold the entire T20-format based tournament in the country. 

The doors to international cricket have opened in Pakistan with a successful Sri Lanka tour last year and the ongoing Bangladesh tour that will be resume from the Test match in Rawalpindi on February 7.

"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," said the official to IANS.

"There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup."

It is quite evident from the BCCI official's statements and not to mention the strained relations between the neighbouring countries that the marquee tournament won't go exactly as planned and the BCCI is willing to pull out of the tournament even if Asian Cricket Council does not throw its weight behind BCCI. 

"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 added.

In 2018, the venue of Asia Cup was moved from India to UAE on the request of PCB as they encountered visa issues for Pakistan players and the ACC had to ultimately shift the venue. The chances seem bleak for the tournament to go as planned and in impasse is ensued over the venue matter in the coming months.

The BCCI official has recommended the PCB to hold the event outside Pakistan: "A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018."