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Pakistan Cricket Board admits Asia Cup a challenge

The event was shifted to Dubai and Abu Dhabi after India expressed reluctance to visit owing to security concerns

PTI Karachi Published 15.04.20, 10:24 PM
Ehsan Mani

Ehsan Mani (File picture)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has asserted that the PCB will not agree to cancelling the Asia Cup, scheduled in the UAE in September, to make room for the Indian Premier League, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The IPL was to be held from March 29 to May 24 but has been postponed indefinitely because of an extended lockdown to combat the deadly virus in India.

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“I have read and heard about these speculations but right now just remember that having or not having the Asia Cup is not a decision between Pakistan and India it involves other countries as well,” asserted Mani here on Tuesday.

However, he also conceded that holding the Asia Cup this year is a big challenge because right now “we don’t know if it can be held or not”. “But if the conditions change and we can have the Asia Cup, it must be held as earnings from it are distributed as development funds to member-countries over the next two years,” he said.

Pakistan were to host the event but it was shifted to Dubai and Abu Dhabi after India expressed reluctance to visit owing to security concerns and the strained diplomatic ties.

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