Tuesday, May 30, 2023

What is Bangladesh stance on Asia Cup controversy?

The picture shows Bangladeshs cricket team. — AFP/File
The picture shows Bangladesh's cricket team. — AFP/File 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken a clear stance on the Asia Cup controversy, saying that it will back any decision taken by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). 

The Indian cricket board has refused to send its team to Pakistan for this year's Asia Cup and is keen on ensuring that the event is held at a neutral venue.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been trying to organise the event as hosting the event in any other country would have a negative impact on its efforts on bringing international cricket back to the cash-strapped nation. 

In this regard, the PCB presented a hybrid model, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also unlikely to accept it. The model included four matches of the group stage in Pakistan with the remainder of the tournament taking place at a neutral venue.

The BCB had earlier expressed reservations over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) being one of the neutral venues due to extreme heat.

"We are interested to play in the Asia Cup. Whatever model the tournament is held in, we are interested. If the ACC decides that the tournament will be played in Dubai and the other members agree, we will have to play there," BCB's cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told local media on Monday.

"There is discomfort since we are focused on the World Cup. We are thinking of preparations and that's why we didn't want to play in Dubai. We are waiting on ACC's decision," he added.

Earlier, the chairman of the PCB Management Committee, Najam Sethi, called for a rational approach to solve the looming crisis that threatens the successful hosting of the Asia Cup and the country's participation in the ODI World Cup this year.

Talking to the media on the occasion of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) meeting, Sethi said the Pakistan team’s chances of travelling to India for the ODI World Cup are low.

“In case of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan to compete in the Asia Cup, chances are there that the Pakistan government would not allow the Men in Green to cross the borders for their World Cup participation. In that case, cricket will be the ultimate sufferer,” Sethi said.

“There should be a middle way to solve problems that surely threaten the smooth hosting of ICC and ACC events. In case of India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, the government will not allow us to travel to India to figure in the World Cup matches,” he added.