Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had the right to host the Asia Cup 2020, and after a long time, it was a major event that Pakistan was set to host at home. But the outbreak of the coronavirus had an impact on all the cricketing schedules. Like other big events and international series, the Asia cup was postponed to next year, i.e., 2021.
In the latest development, PCB Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan has informed that the hosting right of the Asia Cup 2021 has been given to Sri Lanka while for 2022, Pakistan has bagged the rights. It will be the first time since 2008 that Pakistan will arrange this tournament on their home soil.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted in Sri Lanka in June and we have got hosting rights now for the 2022 Asia Cup,” Khan was quoted as saying in Times Now.
Asia Cup 2020 was set to be hosted in Pakistan:
Asia Cup 2020 was scheduled to take place in August and September, but it couldn’t be conducted because of the coronavirus. But as sports has marked its return after the addition of new norms, the next year is likely to go according to the plan.
Pakistan was earlier denoted as a dangerous area because of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Still, they have worked on clearing their image after hosting Bangladesh and Sri Lanka teams at home. Last month, Zimbabwe toured there and played ODI and T20I series. The Babar Azam-led side comfortably registered the victory in both the series.
Currently, the Pakistan team is in New Zealand to play the T20I series and Test series. But eight Pakistani players have tested positive for the coronavirus for which New Zealand health authorities have highly criticized them.