Breaking News: ACC Confirm That The Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Postponed
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Breaking News: ACC Confirm That The Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Postponed

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Sourav Ganguly (Credits: Twitter)

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been postponed until 2021. Sri Lanka Cricket will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021 while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the Asia Cup 2022. Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. However, Media director of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Samiul Hasan Burne, has quashed the news, saying that Ganguly’s statement on the future of the tournament doesn’t hold any weightage. 

It was recently reported that Board of Control for Cricket in India will look to host the Indian Premier League in place of the Asia Cup.  The Indian board will aim to stage the glamorous IPL in September-October window if the T20 World Cup is deferred by the International Cricket Council.BCCI had refused to travel to Pakistan, who were the initial host of the tournament, due to the political tension between the two countries. In fact, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had also recently stated that the Pakistan board will not agree to accommodate the IPL in place of the Asia Cup.

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PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani was left disappointed with the result. Image Courtesy: Getty

Now, it has been confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been postponed until 2021.

Breaking News: ACC Confirm That The Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Postponed

Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq wrote on Twitter, “The Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council has announced that this year’s Asia Cup has been postponed. Sri Lanka Cricket will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021 while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the Asia Cup 2022.”

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BCCI. Image Credit: Twitter.

Replying to Ganguly’s statement, Nazmul Hasan had said that ACC officials could only give such statements and the Indian board president’s comment didn’t carry importance. He further confirmed that the hosting of Asia Cup 2020 will be discussed in the next ACC meeting. 

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If the T20 World Cup is postponed, PCB is exploring other options to play bilateral series with other countries. Pakistan will host Zimbabwe and then they will travel to New Zealand in December.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

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IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors.

However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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