After witnessing Pakistan win the nomination to host Asia Cup 2020, The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has demanded that the venue be changed.
The event is scheduled to take place in September 2020 but India has already shown concerns regarding the venue.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently in the midst of resuming international cricket in Pakistan and this tournament would have been the ideal start.
Threatened by the idea of Pakistan standing back on its feet, India has always played its part when it comes to hindering that and it continues to do so.
According to an unnamed source, BCCI officials were quoted saying:
Playing in Pakistan is out of question and so the hosts have been told to think about an alternate arrangement.
Tit for Tat?
This is not surprising especially considering the fact that Pakistan refused to travel to India when they won the rights to host the tournament.
Pakistan, at that time, was forcing India’s hand to play the bilateral series against them which they had promised.
Like before, this year as well, United Arab Emirates (UAE) can once again hold the event.
Instead of offering a helping hand, the Indian government, along with BCCI, remain a huge resistance in PCB’s path in bringing cricket back home.
Had politics been put aside by the BCCI and Indian government, fans from Pakistan, India and the rest of the world would have loved to see the two arch-rivals battle it out in a bilateral series on home turfs.