Asia Cup in September this year has been postponed. Now the tournament will be held in June 2021. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) released the official statement and confirmed it. A day earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said that the tournament was canceled.
A statement came from the PCB on Thursday morning, in which the Pakistan Board said that they had no information about the cancellation of Asia Cup.
Safety of players is most important: ACC
ACC said that several meetings of the Executive Board of ACC were held to review the impact of the Kovid-19 on Asia Cup tournament to be held in September 2020. From the beginning, the board wanted the tournament to be held in September as per schedule. But travel restrictions, quarantine rules related to the country, social distancing were issues that remained a challenge for the tournament.
Above this, it was difficult to ignore the danger related to the health of the players, support staff and spectators. It was only after looking at all aspects that it was decided to postpone Asia Cup.
Sri Lanka will host Pakistan’s place
ACC issued a statement stating that Pakistan had to host the tournament this year. But he swapped hosting rights from Sri Lanka. For this reason, Sri Lanka will now host Asia Cup in June 2021, while PCB will host the tournament in 2022. In such circumstances, this tournament will be held for two consecutive years.
T20 World Cup likely to be postponed
The chances of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the postponement of Asia Cup have increased, as a September window has now been cleared. The second window can be found in the postponement of the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November.
BCCI still awaits ICC decision on T20 World Cup BCCI is still waiting for International Cricket Council (ICC) decision on T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. It can be decided in the ICC meeting on 10 July. If this tournament also does not happen this year, the board may get a long window for the IPL. The T20 World Cup is to be held from October 18 to November 15.
We want the IPL to happen this year,” Ganguly said on Wednesday,“ We do not want the IPL 2020 to be canceled. If we get 35 to 40 days, then we will get the league done in the country itself. At the moment, we do not know where it will be. The IPL is the largest tournament in the country. We want it to happen.
6 teams play in Asia Cup A total of 6 teams participate in Asia Cup. These are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The sixth team is decided by qualifiers.
India won the title 7 times. The first Asia Cup was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1984. The tournament takes place every 2 years. The 2018 Asia Cup was also played in the UAE. Team India has so far won 7, Sri Lanka 5 and Pakistan 2 times. Bangladesh team is yet to win this trophy.