India’s cricket tournament must be moved: Pakistan

Pakistan says: India cricket tournament must be moved to a neutral venue, India is due to host the under-19 Asia cup in November. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would press for relocation at an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting this week.

Chairman of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi said, “We will discuss this matter in the ACC meeting in Colombo on Saturday and we think that the event can be held at any other secure venue outside India and Pakistan.”

Political tensions have prevented the neighbors from playing a two-sided series since 2007, apart from Pakistan’s tour to India in 2012-2013 when they played a short limited-over’s series.

In 2013 officials were forced to move Women’s World Cup matches from Mumbai to Cuttack over security fears and protests over Pakistan’s participation.

The same year, Pakistan athletes were expelled from a hockey league following protests.

Since then, sporting events have been spoiled by perennial tensions between the arch-rivals.

The PCB has also initiated legal action against India for not honoring a deal under which the two countries were set to play six senior series between 2014-2023, pending clearance from New Delhi.

The first of those series failed to materialize in 2015 and the second, due in November-December this year, has also been axed.

The PCB last week said it has allocated one billion rupees (10 million dollars) for the legal battle.

Shaharyar Khan said, “The case will soon be filed with the ICC (International Cricket Council) dispute committee,” who completed his three-year tenure as PCB chairman last week.

Source: AFP

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