PCB not willing to play U-19 Asia Cup in India

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2017

The former Pakistan captain also asked PCB to boycott India in ICC tournaments like the World Cup, Asia Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and the World T20 Championships.

The PCB is set to table a resolution during the upcoming development and annual general meetings of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on August 11 and 12.

But with Pakistan at the helm of affairs in the ACC, you can always expect the unexpected but let's hope that good sense prevails and the tournament goes ahead as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Outgoing PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has revealed that the biggest failure of his three-year tenure at the post was the inability to restore bilateral series between India and Pakistan.

Sethi is now the PCB Executive Committee head.

Maverick Pakistani cricket legend Javed Miandad slammed the country's cricket board for trying to revive bilateral cricket ties with India despite the repeated BCCI snubs. There are going to be visa problems, and other conflicts outside the field.

"We definitely want to play the tournament, being an important member in the ACC. We should also boycott playing against them in all ICC events", he was quoted as saying by PTI. His predecessor proved incapable of taming the ICC Big Three beast and Pakistan had nearly no options left on the table as the "bigger and even the smaller nations" had negotiated prudent deals with India, Australia and England leaving the PCB in a dark corner.

Given that Qatar is one of the nine competitors along with Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain - three countries which have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar recently - a decision needs to be taken on how best to tackle the crisis. The boards of these teams have voiced out their concerns.

So, should Pakistan boycott India in ICC events? But in light of the failure to do so, the PCB has hired a United Kingdom based legal firm to sue the BCCI for compensation.

The icing on the cake is the mouth watering prospect of some of the biggest names in global cricket taking on Pakistani superstars in the World XI series next month. The PCB's Board of Governors have sanctioned over PKR 1 billion to bear the cost of the legal case.

If Pakistan had refused to play that final match against India, then the Indian team would have been declared winners of the tournament as per the rules.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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