Lahore: The Pakistani cricket authorities might cancel national cricket team’s participation in the in the forthcoming Asia Cup and World T20 events in Bangladesh, to be held early next year, but chances of a pullout are looming large due to protests.
According to India media report, there were concerns in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about the situation in Bangladesh and the growing anti-Pakistan sentiments.
“We are monitoring the situation but we are waiting to see what the International Cricket Council decides in January whether to hold the World T20 in Bangladesh in March-April or shift it somewhere else,” the report said.
The official said that since both events were multi-nation tournaments, the PCB would wait to see how the Asian Cricket Council and ICC react to the situation in Bangladesh.
But he didn’t rule out the possibility of Pakistan independently deciding to pull out of the events if the situation in Bangladesh deteriorated.
Protests against Pakistan have grown in Bangladesh since the Pakistan parliament passed a resolution against the execution of a Jamaat-e-Islaami leader in Bangladesh, who supported Pakistan Army in 1971.
On Thursday, protesters demanded that the Bangladesh government cut all diplomatic relations with Pakistan. The Pakistan foreign office has also said it was monitoring the situation in Bangladesh and would advise the PCB in due course of time.