The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) today shifted the 50-over Asia Cup from India to United Arab Emirates as the BCCI could not procure permission from the central government to host Pakistan.
The tournament will now be held from September 13 to 28 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi after all the member nations of ACC agreed unanimously for the change during a meeting at its Kuala Lumpur headquarters.
The BCCI was represented by its CEO Rahul Johri, who placed the request during the meeting chaired by PCB chairman Najam Sethi.
The Indian team is expected to play its matches in the second week of the tournament as they would have just completed their tour of England.
The Asia Cup is a biennial event which is now held in both ODI and T20 formats.
In 2016, it was held in the T20 format as the teams wanted to prepare for the World T20, which was scheduled just after the event.
This time it will be a 50-over event as teams are now gearing up for next year’s ODI World Cup in England.