Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani on Saturday said the Asia Cup T20 later this year will be held at a neutral venue, virtually endorsing BCCI President Sourav Ganguly's statement that the tournament will be held in Dubai.
A few days back, Mani had disagreed with Ganguly who had said that India can't play in Pakistan -- the designated host country -- due to security concerns and that the Asia Cup will be held in the UAE. But, Mani on Saturday made the U-turn from his earlier stated position.
"We have to keep in mind the interests of associate members of the Asian Cricket Council. We can't be stubborn and insist we will host the tournament in Pakistan because India is not willing to come to Pakistan. The option is it will be held at a neutral venue but that has to be decided by the ACC members," Mani told the media in Islamabad.
Ganguly had noted that in 2018 when India was to host the tournament, it was held in the UAE because Pakistan could not play in India.
Asked where the Asia Cup would be held in September, Mani said this will be decided by the ACC when it meets later this month.
"No decision has been taken on whether it will be held in UAE or Bangladesh," he said.
The ACC was due to meet in Dubai last week but the meeting was postponed because of the coronavirus fears.
The ACC is now due to meet later this month to decide the venue for the event in September.