‘Need to Take Clearance From Govt’: BCCI President Roger Binny on Whether India Will Travel to Pakistan For Asia Cup

Last Updated: October 20, 2022, 18:08 IST

Roger Binny recently was elected as the new BCCI president. (AP Photo)

A storm has been stirred since BCCI general secretary Jay Shah’s remark on India not traveling to Pakistan for Asia Cup next year

Newly elected BCCI president Roger Binny has said it’s not in the board’s control which country Indian cricket team travels to or invites for bilateral series as the final call lays with the national government. Binny’s comment comes a day after Pakistan Cricket Board hinted it could reconsider participating in future ICC tournaments in India.

PCB released a statement on Wednesday calling for an emergency meeting of the Asian Cricket Council. It was in response to BCCI secretary general Jay Shah saying Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup meaning the continental tournament could be shifted to a neutral venue.

“That isn’t our call,” Binny was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Thursday. “We can’t say where our team has to go. We need to take clearance from Govt if we leave the country or other countries come here. We can’t take that decision on our own, we’ve to rely on government.”

The bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan remain suspended due to heightened diplomatic tensions between the two neighbouring countries. India haven’t played in Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup.

The two teams though regularly clash at the ICC or continental events.

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