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Participation in Asia Cup not guaranteed: Pakistan

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) may have decided to hold the Asia Cup in the strife torn Bangladesh but Pakistan is refusing to commit itself to participation in the continental tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says its participation is subject to many a condition, effectively stating that there is no guarantee that it will take part. Primarily, the PCB wants to assess the situation before giving the goahead.

    "Pakistan will have to assess the developing situation carefully before confirming its participation if the matches are held in Bangladesh," a high level PCB official close to Pakistan board interim president Najam Sethi, told Mirror. He termed the situation in Bangladesh as adverse to the Pakistan cricket team.

    On Saturday, the ACC decided to go ahead with the tournament in Bangladesh despite reports of nation-wide protest in the country. Reports also said the situation in Bangladesh is volatile and Sunday's election was marred by violence and protests.

    The PCB said that anti-Pakistani sentiments are prevailing in Bangladesh and it cannot ignore the threat perception to its team in Dhaka. The Pakistan board has also revealed that the country's foreign office is as much concerned.
    "PCB and Pakistan foreign office cannot ignore the particular nature of the security threat to the Pakistan team if it is asked to play in the sort of civil strife circumstances that prevail in Bangladesh today," the official said.

    The official also strove to give a political colour to the issue linking the Asia Cup to the case of Quader Molla, a religious leader, who was recently executed by the Bangladesh government. "Unlike other teams, there are anti-Pakistan protests relating to the case of Quader Molla," the official stated.

    The ACC,led by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, is confident Pakistan will participate in the tournament, that has now been upgraded to a five-nation event. Previously, only four teams - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh besides Pakistan - used to participate. The ACC has invited Afghanistan for the tournament.

    "The PCB was a party to the decision of the ACC and the Pakistan board has not objected to the decision," ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq said on Saturday. "That is our understanding. We're hopeful that Pakistan will take part," a BCCI official added. The Asia Cup is slated to be held from February 25 to March 7 in Dhaka.
    Participation in Asia Cup not guaranteed: Pakistan - The Times of India
     
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    batool100 IDF NewBie

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    I think, Pakistan will participate in Asia Cup 2014. It is also leading in cricket series. And also become the top team in the world.
     
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    PCB are a bunch of idiots. They beg India for allowing team's participation and now when tournament is held in a more friendly country,they are raising dumb issues.
     
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    i saw kabaddi final b/w india and pakistan.

    this year pakistan was neck and neck with india
     
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    Why PCB didnt want to play Asia Cup? Are they going mad? BD is neutral country.
     
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    who would have thought it in 1947??
     
  7. batool100

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    pakistan need to participate in these matches, i think 90% of pakistani people want to see pakistani players in ground.
     
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    ...but they are ready to participate in global terrorist activity:tup::tup:
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    players are at loss nothing more !!!
     
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