- Will India be forced to face arch-rivals Pakistan a day after playing a game in the Asia Cup?
- BCCI wants a change in the Asia Cup fixtures list
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan feature in latest cricket news columns today as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has demanded that the high-voltage India vs Pakistan clash in the upcoming Asia Cup be rescheduled and played on a date other than September 19.
This year’s Asia Cup will be the 14th edition of the marquee event and the tournament has already been in controversy after being shifted from India to United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) request. The fixtures list is now making headlines in latest cricket news as the Indian board is hell bent on its demand to get the game against Pakistan moved from September 19 to some other date.
India jittery on playing back to back games
The current Asia Cup schedule stipulates that India have to play two back-to-back matches on September 18 and 19, with the crunch clash against Pakistan on September 19 at the Dubai International Stadium.
Expressing the board’s clear displeasure on how the matches have been scheduled, a senior BCCI official spoke to Bangladesh Cricket Times and said: “The scheduling is mindless. There appears to be zero application of mind.
“How can you accept a scenario where India plays a game today and tomorrow it will face its arch-rival Pakistan who will have a two-day period of rest!
“This is unacceptable and has to be revisited. Maybe for the organisers it is just a money-spinning game but for us it is important that there be equity in scheduling.”
Virender Sehwag jumps into the debate
It must also be noted here that the Asia Cup fixtures has been the subject of ridicule by former Indian cricketers ever since the list was released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Speaking on the issue, former India opener Virender Sehwag had said: “No one plays back-to-back matches now in One-day International (ODI) matches. It is wrong to have scheduled matches for India in such a manner.
“To play two ODI matches without a break in Dubai’s hot weather is not correct scheduling.”
The 2018 edition of the Asia Cup is set to be played between September 15 and 28 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with Sri Lanka set to take on Bangladesh in the tournament opener. The competition has gone back to the traditional 50-overs ODI format this year after the Twenty20 edition in 2016, which was played in Bangladesh and won by India.
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