The Asia Cup Under-19 which was supposed to be held in Bengaluru, India, will now take place in Malaysia. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) raised objections over security in India with the relations a bit stalled with their neighbouring nation. The tournament will take place in the month of November. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have direct qualification to the tournament, while qualification rounds will decide remaining 4 teams. The first edition of the U-19 Asia Cup took place in 2012 in Malaysia itself, where India and Pakistan were joint-winners.
As reported by ESPNCricInfo PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi said, “The matter of shifting the tournament to Malaysia was amicably agreed by all participants in the development and executive committees, since no one wanted it marred by security considerations of any member.” The remaining four teams will be decided from Western and Southern Region qualifying rounds; 2 from each group. Western Region has teams like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain with the games being held in Kuwait. India are the current Asia Cup U-19 champions; their third title and most by any team. They beat Sri Lanka in the final of the 2016 edition by 34 runs. Speaking of PCB, a PIL has been filed in the Lahore High Court challenging Najam Sethi’s appointment as PCB Chairman. Sethi was unanimously selected as PCB Chairman by the Board of Governors.
He replaced outgoing Chairman Shahryar Khan who completed his three-year tenure last week.