PCB chief says Emerging Asia Cup will be held in Pakistan next year

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi on Sunday said that Emerging Asia Cup 2018 will be held in Pakistan next year.

Speaking at a press conference along with his Sri Lankan counterpart, the PCB chief said: “Five full-member ICC countries and one qualifier will play the tournament in next year April,” adding, “ I hope India will come to play the tournament.”

Sethi also said that the tournament will be held at more than one venue.

Commenting on the West Indies visit to Pakistan, he said that the schedule of West Indies tour to Pakistan will be finalised in a day or two.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri Lankan Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala said that “Sri Lankans have good memories attached to Lahore city, as it won the cricket world cup here in 1996”. “We are happy to be here in Lahore. We are here to support good cricket, Pakistan is a big cricket-playing country which cant be ignored,” he said.

Sumathipala added that Pakistani government extended its support during the times of unrest in Sri Lanka.

“We have seen extraordinary security here. We will come again for our cricket fans here,” the board chief said. “It’s an honour to play in Pakistan. One wins and another looses in cricket but what matters is that brotherly relations should be maintained between both the countries.”