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Pakistan wants U-19 Asia Cup to be moved out of India

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

The Cricket Board (PCB) today said it wanted the upcoming Under-19 Cup to be moved out of to a neutral venue due to security concerns.

is scheduled to host the tournament in November in 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 told PTI.

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 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 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 at the weekend meeting.

Najam Sethi, who is set to be elected as Shaharyar's successor tomorrow confirmed that wanted the Under-19 Cup to be shifted out of

A reliable source within the PCB said the Board had now decided to take a tougher stance on ties with

"After the BCCI recently made it clear it didn't want the emerging team in the tri-nation series in South Africa, the PCB has also decided to adopt a tough line now with Indian Board," the source said.

He said the South Africans had invited to replace the Australian side in the tri-series but instead had to opt for Afghanistan following resistance from the BCCI.

He said would also take up the issue of the venue for the planned Cup senior tournament next year in March-April at the meeting.

The official said that the Cup was a very important event for development of junior players and could be held anywhere in the region but not

Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have prevented the neighbours from playing a bilateral series since 2007, apart from Pakistan's tour to in 2012-2013 when they played a short limited-overs series.

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First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 21:13 IST