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Pak have an issue

Calcutta/Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear their team will participate in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh only after getting a clearance from their government due to security concerns in the violence-hit neighbouring country.

The PCB statement has come after the chief executive of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Ashraf-ul Haq told the media after an executive board meeting in Colombo that all the participating nations had no issues in playing in the Asia Cup and it would be held as scheduled from February 24.

[A top source in the ACC, when contacted by The Telegraph, said: “As far as I remember, COO Subhan Ahmed’s reservations are not in the minutes of the meeting If he has said something informally, that’s another matter.”]

PCB chairman, Najam Sethi negated the remarks.

“This is obviously contrary to the position conveyed by our COO Ahmed at the ACC meeting. The PCB does have reservations on the prevailing security situation in Bangladesh with specific reference to Pakistan,” he said.