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Next Bilateral Series With India Will Be Hosted By Pakistan, Says Pakistan Cricket Board Chief

Ehsan Mani, the chairman of Pakistan cricket board, has expressed the desire to host Asia cup which is scheduled to happen in September 2020.

The Asia Cup will embrace the T20 format to prepare for the T20 world cup in Australia.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in its meeting in awarded the continental meet, to Pakistan, which will most likely organise it in the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, its cricket team's 'home' since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has expressed his desire to host the T20 Asia Cup in September 2020

The next edition of the Asia Cup might even be UAE-bound with Pakistan as organizing it in its own country will cast serious doubts on India's participation because of diplomatic tensions.

Last year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hosted the 50-over Asia Cup tournament in the UAE after the Indian government refused to host the Pakistani team on its soil. With the relations between the two neighbors at an all-time low, the chances of India playing the next year's tournament in Pakistan remain very low. In fact, the BCCI was reported to have asked the PCB last year to host the tournament on a neutral venue.

Speaking at the PCB headquarters, Ehsan Mani said his negotiations with the other cricketing nations these days are solely focused on hosting them in Pakistan.

Wasim Khan, the Managing Director of the PCB and Ehsan Mani, has offered Karachi and Lahore as the venues to Sri Lanka Cricket for a two-Test series later this year, which will be a part of the ICC Test Championship.

It also requested the Sri Lankan board to send its security team to assess the situation in Pakistan.

The board is likewise stated to be in talks with its Bangladesh counterparts to host Bangladesh in Pakistan early next year. With that, the heads of Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board are also expected to visit Pakistan this year to review the security arrangements.

Ehsan Mani said, "My negotiations with every cricket board are regarding hosting cricket in Pakistan and not at any neutral venue, Whether it is an ACC event, an ICC event or a bilateral series, we desire to host it in Pakistan."

Mani stated that the BCCI and PCB enjoy sound relations, however, he maintained that whenever these two countries play a bilateral series, which hasn't been the case since 2007, it will be hosted by Pakistan as per the controversial Memorandum of Understanding.

He said, "The relations between the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board for Control of Cricket in India are very good, We interact on a regular basis and there are no issues in them. There's no hurdle from the Pakistan government in playing against India. The ball is in the Indian government's court about which I cannot say about the path they want to walk on. Whenever the two nations will play, the first series will be hosted by Pakistan."

The Pakistan Super League has played an integral role in opening the doors for the return of international cricket in the country. It was the success of the PSL final in Lahore in 2017 which convinced an ICC World XI to tour Lahore, which led to the visit by Sri Lanka for the last of the three-match T20I series later that year. The 2018 edition of PSL, which had it's final hosted in Karachi, opened the gates for the coastal city to host the West Indies for three T20Is a week later.

After hosting as many as eight PSL matches in Pakistan, the Pakistan cricket board plans to organize the whole of the next edition in the country next year. For that, however, the readiness of the venues remains a matter of concern. Due to the lack of international cricket in Pakistan over the last ten years, the country's major stadiums haven't gotten the desired attention because of which they remain outdated.

"We have identified four venues and we are working to improve those stadiums, The matter of concern is that these stadiums haven't been maintained for the last ten years because of the lack of international cricket. A lot of work was done in Karachi before the third edition of PSL. The Lahore stadium also went through refurbishment. Now we are working on the stadiums in Rawalpindi and Multan and I hope that they will be ready by the time we host PSL5." Mani said.