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They will play the Asian Cup in Dubai, India and Pakistan: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News

KOLKATA: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said Friday that the next Asian Cup will be held in Dubai, paving the way for India and Pakistan to participate in the continental tournament.

Pakistan was the designated host for the tournament scheduled for September, but with the BCCI making it clear that the Indian team could not travel to the neighboring country due to security concerns, the event moved to Dubai.

“The Asian Cup will be held in Dubai and India and Pakistan will play,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens before leaving for Dubai for the Cricket Asian Council (ACC) meeting, which will be held on March 3. .

Previously, the BCCI had said that they have no problem with Pakistan hosting the tournament, provided it is held in a neutral place.

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012-13 when Pakistan visited the country for a limited series.

Due to the continuing political tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan have only met in the main ICC competitions since early 2013.

The BCCI president congratulated the Indian team led by Harmanpreet Kaur for reaching the semi-final of the Women’s T20 World Cup with a three-run victory over New Zealand in Melbourne.

“They are playing a fantastic cricket and they have qualified. Nobody is a favorite in a world tournament. They are a good team, let’s see where they end,” Ganguly said of the women’s cricket team that won three straight games to seal one last four berths.

The former captain of India backed by Virat Kohli to recover from the Basin Reverse debacle and level the two-game test series in New Zealand.

“They have returned before. I am sure they will recover again. There is still a test,” Ganguly said.

He declined to comment on the semifinal of the Ranji Trophy of Bengal against Karnataka, starting Saturday.

Bengal, who lost to Delhi in his last appearance in the semifinal two seasons ago, aims to make his first Ranji Trophy final since 2006-07.

“It’s two different generations … Let’s cross our fingers, we’ll talk after five days. It depends on who plays well. I don’t want to talk about it now,” Ganguly said.

Times of India