Pakistan wants U-19 Asia Cup to be moved out of India
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said it wanted the upcoming Under-19 Asia Cup to be moved out of India to a neutral venue due to security concerns.
India is scheduled to host the tournament in November in Bangalore but a top PCB official said given the present diplomatic situation between the two countries, it would request the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate the venue at its meeting later this week at Colombo.
"We will be taking up this issue with the Asian Cricket Council when its development committee meeting is held in Colombo this weekend," the PCB official said.
He said the PCB didn't want its players to go through the tensions of not knowing whether they will be able to travel to Bangalore for the event or not.
"In recent times visas have been refused to number of Pakistani sporting teams and we don't think the conditions in India are conducive for our team to play there," he said.
Shaharyar Khan, who completed a three-year tenure as PCB chairman this week, is set to take over as chairman of the ACC at the weekend meeting.