Pakistan to host ACC Emerging Cup in April 2018


LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Sunday announced that Pakistan will be hosting the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Cup in April 2018. Sethi made the announcement at a press conference in Lahore flanked by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala, just hours ahead of the much-awaited Twenty20 International final being played between the two countries at Gaddafi Stadium.
This morning the ACC met in Lahore to discuss the tournament, he said, adding that even holding this meeting in Pakistan was a significant development.”Six teams will be playing the cup. Out of the six teams, five will be full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) whereas the sixth team will be the qualifier team from the qualifying rounds,” he said.
The PCB chairman was confident that the matches would be played in more than one city. “I can assure you we will have more than one venue,” he asserted. “Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India and a qualifier team will be participating in the cup,” he said, adding that he hoped India would also come and play cricket in the country.
Earlier, he thanked the Sri Lankan cricket board and the team for visiting Pakistan. He termed the visit a decision of “courage, bravery, wisdom, and the vision of Sumathipala.”