Post U-19 event shifting out of India, BCCI moves govt to clear 2018 Asia Cup

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India plans to petition the government for clearance to hold the 2018 Asia Cup in the country, in view of Pakistan's participation in the tournament.

India last week lost the hosting rights to the U 19 Asia Cup 2018, when the venue was shifted to Malaysia following the Pakistan Cricket Board's objections to playing in India. The BCCI had written to the home ministry three months ago but had not secured the requisite permissions.

A BCCI official told PTI that the board now plans to write to the government for the senior event as 'there cannot be an Asia Cup without an India or Pakistan'. 

The Indian government has been firm on its stance that no bilateral events between the two countries would be allowed. The BCCI however feels that the participation of both countries in a multi-team event should be looked at from a different prism. 

India and Pakistan met twice on the field in the Champions Trophy in England this June. The Indian women's team too played Pakistan in the round robin stage of the Women's World Cup earlier this month.