Following its annual general body meeting, the Asian Cricket Council decided to shift the 2017 Under-19 Asia Cup from Bangalore to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (August 12).
A decision on the senior tournament, scheduled for next year in India, was held off until the next ACC meeting.
Due to political tensions between India and Pakistan, which resulted in no bilateral cricket between the two sides since 2012, the Pakistan Cricket Board had raised objections over their youth side touring India. Najam Sethi, the PCB chief who also heads the ACC, proposed a resolution to have the event shifted. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had already approached the Indian government seeking clearance to host the event.
Despite the diplomatic unrest in the region, Kuwait was confirmed as the host for the qualifying round for the countries in the Western part of Asia. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain are among the nine teams that will play this round. Two teams from this nine-team pool will progress to the main event.
The tournament will feature eight teams with India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh gaining automatic qualification. In addition to the two teams from Western Region, there will be two teams from the Southern pool that will join the original four.
In the 2016 edition, the four countries that qualified were Afghanistan, Nepal, Singapore and Malaysia. India won that event, beating Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the final in Colombo.