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U-19 Asia Cup shifted to Malaysia

August 13, 2017

KARACHI: The Asian Cricket Council has withdrawn the hosting rights of the 2017 Under-19 Asia Cup from India and handed it over to Mala­ysia, following their ann­ual general body meeting.

A decision on the senior team Asia Cup, also scheduled to be held in India next year, however, has been deferred until the ACC’s next meeting.

The PCB had raised its objections to touring India for the Under-19 Asia Cup, which was to be played in Bangalore in November.

Given the tense political climate between India and Pakistan, PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who also heads the ACC, tabled a resolution to get it shifted.

“The matter of shifting the tournament to Malaysia was amicably agreed by all participants in the development and executive committees, since no one wanted it marred by security considerations of any member,” Sethi said in press conference.

The Western Region qualifying round for the Under-19 Asia Cup will be hosted by Kuwait, despite discussions around the venue following the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.

The round will include Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.

According to Sethi, the nine teams in the Western Region pool will play each other, including Qatar as well as teams from countries that have broken diplomatic ties with it.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2017