The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) held a meeting here on Saturday and finalised details of the Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year.
The tournament will be held in Bangladesh for the second straight time, from February 24 to March 7. Like last time, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will take part. The previous edition of the Asia Cup was held in 2012, when Sachin Tendulkar completed his 100th international century.
Officials from the cricket boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh attended the meeting, which was chaired by BCCI president N Srinivasan. A representative of the Asian Cricket Council was also present.
It was learnt that the members of the different boards discussed a tri-series featuring India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka which might be held in India in December. But there was no official confirmation on that.
If the tri-series does take place, it will further jeopardise India’s tour of South Africa, which has already become uncertain. The BCCI has said the tour is on without clarifying when and for how many matches. A clearer picture might emerge during an ICC meeting next week in Dubai, where South Africa board chief executive Haroon Lorgat is likely to discuss the matter with BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.
Chief Operating Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Subhan Ahmed, said a Test series in India is not likely at the moment. But he was hopeful that something might work out next year. He welcomed the move to grant visas to Faisalabad Wolves who are scheduled to take part in the Champions League T20.
The Faisalabad Wolves would play their qualifying matches in Mohali with three other teams.