Lahore: India has given a sporting snub to a major Asian cricket event in Pakistan due to current tensions between the two countries, an official said on Wednesday.
"Around 24 delegates from top Asian countries will attend the (cricket) course in Lahore from March 11 to 14, but India is not participating," Asian Cricket Council (ACC) secretary Zakir Hussain Syed said. "We did send invitation but under the current circumstances India is not sending its delegate." India pulled its team from the on-going second Asian Test championship last year, saying it would continue its boycott of cricket with Pakistan until Pakistan stops supporting "cross border terrorism". New Delhi refused to allow India to tour Pakistan in December 2000 and put an embargo on even playing alongside Pakistan in multi-national events. The ACC last month issued a warning to all member nations but India's continued snubbing of cricketing ties and links with Pakistan has threatened the existence of the Asian body. The South Asian nuclear rivals last met on the cricket pitch during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in June two years ago. Their under-19 teams, however, met in the league game in the recently concluded International Cricket Council Junior World Cup in New Zealand. "The delegates will be briefed on modern concepts of cricket management, marketing and technical aspects of the game considering in mind that Asia has big scope for progress," Syed said of the development course. ICC development manager for Europe Ian Stuart will conduct the course. Two members from Pakistan and Bangladesh and a member each from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Nepal, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar are due to attend.