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Cricket: Asia Cup organisers rule out switch from Bangladesh

Published on Jan 16, 2014 8:04 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Organisers of cricket's Asia Cup insisted that the tournament would go ahead in troubled Bangladesh next month, even if one of the teams pulled out on safety grounds, as they unveiled the schedule on Thursday.

Defending champions Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the opening match of the 50-overs tournament on Feb 25, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced at a press conference in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Bangladesh has been rocked by some of the deadliest political violence in its history in recent weeks, prompting speculation that the World Twenty20, due to be held in the country from March 16 to April 6, may be moved elsewhere.

ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq told reporters in Dhaka that the teams' participation was subject to security clearance by their respective boards, but added that he was confident all five nations would take part.

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