India will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup and float idea of neutral venue

India will not travel to Pakistan for next year's Asia Cup and have floated the idea of moving the tournament to a neutral venue.

Political tensions between the two nations mean there has been no bilateral series between the rivals since 2013.

No such problems exist when they are paired at major tournaments, and they are due to face each other in Melbourne later this month at the T20 World Cup, but Pakistan's host status at the 2023 Asia Cup appears to be a fresh stumbling block.

Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), spoke after the organisation's AGM in Mumbai and reportedly told the media: "We can't go there, they can't come here.

"In the past also, (the) Asia Cup has been played at a neutral venue.

"For Pakistan, we have stated policy that we need government clearance. As far as (the) Asia Cup is concerned, which is supposed to be held in Pakistan next year, it will take place at a neutral venue."

There has been no formal suggestion that Pakistan's host status is under threat, but the issue could raise its head again in the future with India due to host the 2023 50-over World Cup and Pakistan set to stage the Champions Trophy two years later.

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