Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ignored the report that Pakistani players were ignored for the T20Is between Asia XI and World XI scheduled to take place in Dhaka.
The Two-match T20I series between Asia XI and World XI is scheduled to be played in Dhaka between March 18 and 21, 2020.
One of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials said,” Pakistani cricketers were invited by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for the T20 games but will not be available as the dates of the T20Is are clashing with the Pakistan Super League (PSL).”
He continued, “There is some confusion regarding the Asian eleven and World eleven matches. Our players were invited, but since these matches are clashing with the Pakistan Premier League, we can’t make our players available.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declined the rumors that Pakistani cricketers pulled out of the series because they didn’t want to play with Indian players. The spokesperson also declined the news that the Board Of Control Of Cricket In India (BCCI) played a role in sidelining the Pakistani cricketers.
He said, “The fact is that back in June Asian Cricket Council (ACC) invited us to nominate players for the Asian eleven, and we accordingly requested the ACC and Bangladesh board to slightly adjust the dates of these matches so that our players can also participate in them.”
He added,” We had requested a shift in dates since dates were clashing with the latter part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL )to be held in Pakistan for the first time. The ACC and BCB had informed them that shifting the dates was not possible due to broadcasting commitments and the international calendar. That is why our players are not taking part in these matches.”
He condemned the false news circling regarding the exclusion of Pakistani players from the series.
Another Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told media that Pakistan was ready to host Asia Cup T20I tournament in September next year, and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had already given the rights to Pakistan to host the event.
He said, “The tournament will hopefully be held in Pakistan as planned, and in due course of time, we will be holding talks with stakeholders to ensure that all boards send their teams to Pakistan. Other options are on the table as well.”
Talking about the ongoing clash with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) considering their scheduled Test matches of the ICC World Test Championship in Pakistan in January, the official said there was no clash, but talks were still going on.
He said, “They have responded to our last mail saying because of the security situation they can’t play Tests in Pakistan but are willing to play a T20 series in January. The PCB chairman has once again in reply reminded them they have not responded to any of our queries in the last mail sent to them.”
He confirmed,” Our position is clear. The BCB must come up with a reasonable reason for not wanting to send their Test team, and secondly, we have told them playing at any neutral venue is not an option for us now after the successful Test tour by Sri Lanka.”