Akhtar claims Pakistan might give hosting rights of Asia Cup to Bangladesh


Karachi: Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made a bold statement regarding a secret deal on whether Pakistan might give the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2020 to Bangladesh.

World fastest bowler shared his view on his Youtube channel that Pakistan has agreed on Bangladesh deal in return to give the hosting rights of Asia cup.

“There are speculations that Bangladesh has been successful in getting what they want and also bartered the hosting rights for the Asia Cup in return to touring Pakistan. The Asia cup now might be played in Bangladesh instead of Pakistan,”

He said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must be given credit for their intentions of bringing international cricket back to Pakistan and also not verbally talk about Bangladesh.

“We must give credit to PCB, Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan for their sheer hard work that international cricket has returned to Pakistan. I would also say people not speak against Bangladesh as they are doing this because of unseen pressures that cannot be publicly spoken.

He thinks Pakistan currently is safer than the countries in middle-east and the split series will not send a good message to the world.

“Pakistan is the safest country statistically in the world, Sri Lanka, who was attacked came to Pakistan and they portrayed that there is no danger. Split series makes a little sense but the message to the world might have a negative message.

According to the revised arrangement, Bangladesh will play three T20Is in Lahore, Gaddafi Stadium from 24-27 January in the first phase.

Bangladesh will return to Pakistan for the first Test of the ICC World Test Championship to be held in Rawalpindi from February 7-11.

After the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Bangladesh will now visit the city of lights, Karachi to play one ODI on April 3 and second Test from 5-9 April.