The BCCI’s decision not to send teams for the Guangzhou Asian Games later this year has caught the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) — the body that lobbied to get cricket into the Games — unawares.
“It has come as a surprise for us. To pull out at the eleventh hour without any notice or information is surprising to say the least,” said ACC president, Ijaz Butt, who’s also the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman.
On whether Pakistan would send teams for the Games, Butt replied in the affirmative. “Everyone had agreed in principle to send teams for the event. As for us, we are sending the team.”
He was, however, reluctant to spell out the ACC’s stand after India’s pullout. “I have been trying to get in touch with the BCCI president (Shashank Manohar) to find out what prompted him to take the sudden decision. Until I get to hear from him, I can’t make a comment,” said Butt.
Indian Olympic Association secretary-general, Randhir Singh, who is also secretary-general of the Olympic Council of Asia, put the ball in the ACC’s court.
“The ACC worked really hard to get cricket included in the Asian Games. So, it is their responsibility to take up the issue with the BCCI,” he said.