Lahore: PCB chief executive Wasim Khan has dismissed reports that Pakistan will not host the T20i Asia Cup this year. In fact, he has bartered that if the Men in Blue doesn’t tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup, then the Pakistan team would also refuse to participate in the 2021 T20i World Cup slated to be played in India.
After the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to send their team to Pakistan for a three-match T20i series and two ICC World Test Championship matches in three phases, reports emerged that PCB has given the hosting rights of the 2020 Asia Cup to Bangladesh.
“It is not the prerogative of the PCB or the ICC to change the host as it was the decision of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC),” Wasim was quoted as saying by The Dawn.
“We are currently considering two venues to host the Asia Cup,” he added.
“If India doesn’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, we would also refuse participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup there.”
The Indian team has not toured Pakistan since 2008, while they have also not played a full Test bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 due to strained political and diplomatic relations. Pakistan team did visit India in 2012 to play a short limited-overs series.