Thatscricket - News - ACC worried about financial loss due to Indias decision
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Govt rules out Indias participation in ATC
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Karachi: India's refusal to play Pakistan in the Asian Test Championship is a major blow to cricket in the region, an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) official said on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]ACC Secretary Zakir Hussain Syed warned the financial losses alone would damage the sport in Asia."India's refusal to play Pakistan in the Asian championship is a great setback for Asian cricket and the ACC will face a huge financial loss," Syed told AFP."The ACC made all the plans and schedules with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's consent and they had assured us of their participation, but this latest decision is very disappointing."New Delhi on Tuesday decided not to participate in the four-nation Asian Cricket Test Championship the region's showcase event set to begin later this month in Pakistan.The Bangladeshi team arrived in Pakistan late on Tuesday for the opening match in Multan next week. The other team competing is Sri Lanka.India was to play Pakistan in Lahore in September an event which would have been the first Test match in Pakistan between the two rivals for more than a decade.But New Delhi has refused to take part in any cricket series with Pakistan, which it accuses of backing "cross-border terrorism" in the disputed state of Kashmir. Pakistan denies the allegations."The decision is strange in the sense that India plays all other sports with Pakistan, is sending its squad for the South Asian Federation Games in Pakistan, but it has objections over cricket," Syed said.India cancelled a scheduled cricket tour of Pakistan in December last year and then pulled out of the Sharjah series in the Gulf in April.