During the Asia Cup, India can play their bitter rival Pakistan and other teams at a location outside of Pakistan. This is in accordance with a suggestion made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the competition’s hosts. The suggestion was made by PCB during the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting that took place last week in Dubai.
“The proposal to play India games at a neutral venue (outside Pakistan) has been proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board. They haven’t informed the BCCI about which the neutral venue will be. The ACC hasn’t taken any decision on it. It will be discussed during the next meeting. There are logistics and financial implications too. At the same time we don’t know whether the official broadcaster will agree to this move because they will need another crew in another country,” an official, who attended the meeting, said.
At the meeting, India was represented by Arun Dhumal, the IPL chairman, and Jay Shah, the ACC president and BCCI secretary. However, no choice has yet been made regarding the locations of the India Games. After the AGM last year, the BCCI made it clear that the Indian team would not be going to Pakistan for the Asia Cup because the central government would not grant permission.