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On Tuesday, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) accepted Pakistan’s reservations against playing in India and decided upon moving the Asia Cup 2018 to United Arab Emirates.
The decision was mutually taken with consent during the annual session of the ACC chaired by its president and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi after Pakistan objected to playing in India.
Sethi, along with PCB CEO Subhan Ahmed, also represented Pakistan in the session where it was also decided that five full members — Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — would automatically qualify to play in the cup while Hong Kong, Malaysia, Oman, Nepal, Singapore and the UAE would play the qualifiers for the sixth slot.
Moreover, the meeting also approved of Pakistan and Sri Lanka co-hosting ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2018 this year.
The Asia Cup 2018 — likely to be played between September 13 to 28 — would be the 14th edition of the tournament, with India playing as its defending champions.
Despite being moved to the UAE, the tournament would still be considered a home series for India.
Due to complicated relations between India and Pakistan, a bilateral series since January 2013 has not yet been played, but they continue to clash in ICC tournaments.