India ‘open’ to travelling to Pakistan for Asia Cup in 2023: reports – Sport

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday that it was open to sending the Indian cricket team to Pakistan for the Asian Cup in 2023, according to a cricbuzz report.

“The visit will be subject to the authorization of the government in power, but at this moment it is certainly on the board’s agenda,” he said.

Pakistan is scheduled to host the Asian Over-50 Cup in the second half of 2023, after which the World Cup will be held in India. Pakistan has been a no-go zone for India since 2008.

A BCCI memo, distributed to state associations on Thursday ahead of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 18, listed India’s commitments at next year’s multilateral events, which included the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, ICC Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa, Asian Cup in Pakistan and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

the cricbuzz The report quoted a BCCI official as saying: “It will be subject to clearance by the Government of India as usual.”

The report added that there was always an alternative to hosting the event in the United Arab Emirates, such as this year’s Asian Cup. “But the BCCI note seemed to indicate otherwise.”

Meanwhile, another report published in the indian express yesterday he said that “India will not play Pakistan in any bilateral series in the 2023-2027 cycle”.

“In the Future Tour Program (FTP) sent to all state associations, the board has left the columns for games against Pakistan ‘blank’,” he stated, adding that BCCI cannot make any decision on a bilateral series. with Pakistan until it “gets a go-ahead” from the Indian government.

Last month, at a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said that India had moved away from playing bilateral cricket with Pakistan.

“We have always advocated that sports should not be mixed with other issues,” Ahmad said, adding that if India wanted to play Pakistan, it was always welcome.

while on next side of india  A panel of India’s Supreme Court did not rule on a hijab ban in schools on Thursday, referring the matter to the Chief Justice after a split decision and upholding a state’s ruling against wearing scarves. the women who caused a ruckus.

Karnataka state’s ban on the garment in schools in February sparked protests from Muslim students and their parents.

In response, Hindu students staged counter-protests, raising another contentious issue at a time when some Muslims have complained of marginalization under a Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s hijab debate comes as protests have rocked Iran after women objected to dress codes under its Islamic laws.

“We have a divergence of views,” said Supreme Court Justice Hemant Gupta, one of two justices on the panel.

Gupta said he wanted an appeal against the ban overturned, while his colleague on the panel, Sudhanshu Dhulia, said wearing the hijab was a “matter of choice”.

The Chief Justice would set up a larger bench to further consider the case, they said, but did not say when that might happen. The decisions of the Supreme Court apply throughout the country.

Anas Tanwir, a lawyer for one of the Muslim petitioners who appealed against the Karnataka ban, told Reuters the split verdict was a “semi-victory” for them.

“Hopefully the Chief Justice will set up a bigger court soon and we will have a final verdict,” he said by phone.

Muslims are India’s largest minority group, accounting for 13 percent of the 1.4 billion population, the majority of whom are Hindus.

Critics of the hijab ban say it is another way of marginalizing the Muslim community, adding that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules Karnataka, could benefit from the controversy ahead of state elections scheduled for May next. year.

The BJP, which draws its support mainly from Hindus, says the ban is not politically motivated.

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