The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set a June 2020, deadline for the Indian Cricket Board to confirm its participation in Asia Cup scheduled in September, next year. However, it was reported that the decision to shift the tournament will be Asian Cricket Council's prerogative. Wasim Khan, who acknowledged the practical problems in having any bilateral cricketing ties with India in the prevailing strenuous relationship between the two neighbours.
"We need to see if India agrees to come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. There is still some time till next year's September but by June, we have to know where we are going with this and if it can't be hosted here because of a lack of involvement of India," PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an interview.
"Board to board level, we share a good relation with India but they have a lot of government interference and we can't keep on running after them to play a bilateral series. If they want to play they will have to tell us and give us a firm commitment. We have no issues playing at a neutral venue," Khan said.
The Pakistan opener, whose place in the side has always been under the scanner for allegedly being a product of nepotism, found himself in trouble when a few women posted screenshots of his objectionable WhatsApp conversations with them and accused him of misleading them. "Imam was remorseful and has apologized for what all has happened. But we have told him in clear terms although this is his personal and private matter but we expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and discipline," PCB MD Wasim Khan said on Monday. Wasim said the board had viewed the matter seriously and spoken to Imam about it. "We don't like to comment on personal affairs of a player but we expect that our centrally contracted players will also show more responsibility being ambassadors of Pakistan cricket and Pakistan. Hopefully, we will not see such incidents again."
(With PTI Inputs)