The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) sources on Wednesday dismissed speculations about Pakistan enjoying their World Cup matches in Bangladesh as an alternative of India because of the political rigidity between the 2 international locations, terming it a “figment of creativeness”. The rebuttal got here after stories that discussions have been held through the latest ICC board assembly in Dubai about Pakistan probably enjoying their league video games in Bangladesh.
“Nobody is aware of if PCB chief Mr Najam Sethi has had any casual dialogue along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Najmul Hasan Papon however this may be mentioned with a level of certainty that no such discussions occurred formally that Pakistan will play in Bangladesh,” an ICC board supply aware about the developments advised PTI on the situation of anonymity.
The supply did level out that procurement of visas was a difficulty that was mentioned and, opposite to conjectures comprised of the PCB’s half, the Indian cricket board has assured of all help.
“The BCCI has categorically mentioned that there shall be no issues with procurement of visas. One of many details for a number nation is that every one taking part nations shall be given visas on time. From ICC’s half, Bangladesh is just not even in its scheme of issues as a co-host as of now,” the supply mentioned.
“Suppose Pakistan attain the semi-finals or win to play the finals, do they anticipate the matches to be performed in Bangladesh. This isn’t a theatre of absurd occurring,” the board member added.
The highest brass in BCCI circles understands that this can be a stress put by the PCB to host the whole Asia Cup in Pakistan, which is not being seemed upon as a possible resolution.
“We perceive that this can be a sort of stress tactic utilized by PCB due to the Asia Cup difficulty. However let me inform you, in the end, Asia Cup may even be performed in UAE or Qatar and possibly Pakistan may even must play its matches in one in every of these international locations,” a BCCI supply mentioned.
Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chairman and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has already made it clear that India is just not travelling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and that will probably be held at a impartial venue.
“So far as Pakistan enjoying its Asia Cup video games in Pakistan is worried, the funds for the match is handed by the Asian Cricket Council. If ACC says that it isn’t a commercially viable proposition to carry Asia Cup in two international locations, how can Pakistan play its video games at house. ACC, for all you understand, won’t go the funds,” a board supply mentioned.
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