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Pakistan not to host Asia Cup this year

The tournament originally slated in March and deferred till September on India's insistence, is due for 2007, after hosts expressed their inability to hold the event.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 16:04 IST

Jinx continues with the Asia Cup and the tournament, originally slated in March and deferred till September on India's insistence, might not take place at all this year after hosts Pakistan have expressed their inability to hold the event.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director cricket operations Saleem Altaf told Dawn yesterday that the hectic activity programme ahead in 2006, forced the board not to hold the event this year.

"The PCB decided to give some rest to the players ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in India (in October), therefore, we are not ready to host Asia Cup," Saleem said.

Asian Cricket Council secretary Ashraful Haq made a proposal to all the four Test playing countries of Asia, early this week, to inform it about their availability for the Cup in September.

The event was to be held in March this year in Pakistan but was deferred for 2007 on the request of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

But the ACC again came up with the new proposal to hold the event this year after Zimbabwe's tour to Pakistan in September had been cancelled in the wake of Zimbabwe's decision of not playing Test cricket for one year for domestic reasons.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 15:57 IST