The tensions between the two neighboring nations of Indian and Pakistan are reaching a crescendo as both the nations are trying their best to pin the other in the power battle. The latest medium to achieve that is the venue of Asia Cup. The meeting which is about to take place in Malaysia will decide the fate of Indo-Pak relations in cricket.
Cricket is Pakistan was stopped completely after the 2009 terrorist attack. Slowly with the World XI tour and PSL playoffs matches the cricket is coming back to the subcontinental nation. A tournament between Asian Emerging Nations is scheduled to take place in Pakistan.
India has been trying to shift the Emerging Cup out of Pakistan on cited security grounds. This has not gone well with the PCB.Pakistan had got hosting rights for the Asian Emerging Nations Cup when an ACC meeting was held in Lahore last October but delegates from India and Bangladesh didn’t come for the meeting. It was then both the boards revealed that they will not participate in the tournament if the tournament is held in Pakistan.
Two neighbors have often been in conflict with each other. They have not engaged in a bilateral series since 2007. PCB has tried various means to convince the BCCI to take part in the bilateral series and complete its responsibility but BCCI has thrown the suggestion out of the window. The Indian government has also denied the permission to the Indian team to play Pakistan.
In the latest move, PCB has made it clear that it will not participate in the Asia Cup, which is to be played in India in September 2018. If India doesn’t travel to Pakistan for the Emerging Nations Cup.
“The PCB will try to convince the member boards to move the Asia Cup out of India to a third country like Malaysia or even Sri Lanka so that Pakistan can participate in it,” a PCB official was quoted saying by TOI.
The meeting in Kaula Lampur will decide the fate of Asia Cup and the Indo-Pak cricket relations.