The BCCI and the PCB are facing each other over participation in the Asian Cup. BCCI has already made it clear that the Indian team will not go to Pakistan for the Asian Cup, while Pakistan has also said in response that if this happens, their team will not go to India for the ODI World Cup. Now the ICC has to intervene to solve the problem.
ICC President to go to Pakistan
ICC Chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice will meet PCB boss Najam Sethi in Lahore to discuss his team’s participation in the ODI World Cup to be held in India between October and November. Senior ICC officials will also meet with the PCB’s chief operating officer, attorney Salman Naseer, and other senior officials. Sethi has said that if the Indian team does not come to Pakistan to play the Asian Cup, he will also demand that their matches be played in Bangladesh. Barclay and Allardyce will try to break the deadlock on this issue so that the India and Pakistan matches do not have to be held in Dhaka.
Screw stuck in the Asian Cup
A PCB member claimed that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and even Nepal have told Shah that they have no problem playing some matches in Pakistan while the rest should be held in Sri Lanka in September. Barkley will be visiting Pakistan for the first time, although Allardyce has been to Lahore frequently since he took over at the ICC. Barkley will be the first ICC President to visit Pakistan since ICC President Ray Mali in 2008. This will be the first time since October 2004 that both senior ICC officials will visit the PCB headquarters.