Internet Desk: The unsettled relation between India and Pakistan deteriorate to further extent as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a compensation charge against the BCCI for a sum of USD 70 million after BCCI didn’t agree to hold the bilateral series. More trouble is looming for BCCI as it can lose the chance to host the ASia Cup in 2018 if it doesn’t conclude as to whether they will host Pakistan or not.
Speaking to Times of India, a BCCI official said, “If we didn’t get the permission to host the Pakistan’s Under-19 team from the Centre, it looks highly unlikely that we’ll get to do so in case of their senior team.”
The ties between the two countries were severed for the past couple of years. The BCCI official claimed that decision is yet to be taken as to allow Pakistani players to play in India or not.
“The Pakistan athletes were given visas to take part in the Asian Athletics Championships, but the government says that cricket’s case is a bit different, since it has an emotional connect with people from both the countries. When we approached the government with a request, we didn’t get any response from them, but we need to decide fast since we need to inform the ACC soon,” the official was quoted as saying.
Earlier, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) had discussed the possibility of hosting the tournament in another country. A minute-of-meeting of COA, dated November 21, said,”It’s not clear whether the government of India will allow the Pakistan team to travel to India for the tournament. If not, then the BCCI needs to inform the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) of the same so that an alternate host country can be finalised.”
India faced Pakistan for the last time in a bilateral series in 2012-13 which was held in India.