The Under-19 cricket Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, has been moved to Malaysia following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s objection to the tournament being held in India. The tournament will now be held in November in Malaysia.

“The matter of shifting the tournament to Malaysia was amicably agreed by all participants in the development and executive committees since no one wanted it marred by security considerations of any member,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo on Saturday.

The PCB had earlier expressed its reservations in traveling to India owing to the political tensions between the two countries. PCB’s argument states that even though they wanted their boys to participate, they did not want the young players to go through any inconvenience.

Despite political crisis in Kuwait, the Western Region qualifying round – consisting of teams from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain – will be played there. The countries to have earned an automatic qualification to the tournament are Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. A total of eight teams will play in the tournament.

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