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No deal with Bangladesh over Asia Cup hosting, Says Wasim Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan denied the reports that Pakistan had given T20I Asia Cup 2020 hosing rights to Bangladesh in exchange for the ongoing tour.

The rumors were around that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had offered their hosting rights of the T20I Asia Cup 2020 to Bangladesh if they agree to play a full series in Pakistan.

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But, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan rubbished the news in an interview at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore before the start of the 1st T20I between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

As quoted by the Dawn, Wasim Khan said, “It is not the prerogative of the PCB or the ICC to change the host as it was the decision of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).”

Wasim Khan, regarding India’s arrival in Pakistan during the Asia Cup, said, “We are currently considering two venues to host the Asia Cup. If India doesn’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, we would also refuse participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup there.”

He also informed the media about the South Africa tour of Pakistan. He said, “Cricket South Africa (CSA) will visit Pakistan next month as the negotiations are on between two cricket boards of hosting them in March for a T20 series.”

The PCB CEO revealed the schedule of the T20 matches to be played in Pakistan by Kumar Sangakara-led MCC.

He said, “Prominent cricketers including Kumar Sangakara, Ravi Bopara and Moeen Ali are also part of the team. Pakistan Shaheen and Northern team will play the MCC team at the Gaddafi Stadium. In contrast, two franchises of the Pakistan Super League, namely Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars, will play the MCC team at the Aitchison College.”

Pakistan is expected to take the hosting rights of at least three main International Cricket Council (ICC) events during the 2023-31 cycle.


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