Asia Cup To Be Held In Dubai, Both India & Pakistan Will Play – Sourav Ganguly
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the Asia Cup 2020 will take place in Dubai. Initially, Pakistan was expected to host the Asia Cup but India had refused to travel there because of the political issues. Subsequently, Pakistan Cricket Board had also threatened to boycott the 2021 T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by India.
However, Ganguly has confirmed that both India and Pakistan will play in the Asia Cup. In fact, the Indian board had confirmed that it had no issues in Pakistan hosting the Asia Cup but it has to be played at a neutral venue.
India and Pakistan don’t play bilateral series.
Speaking to reporters at the Eden Gardens on Friday (February 28), Ganguly said: “Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play.”
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have not played against each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13. The two rivals have not taken on each other due to always rising political tensions. However, both of them have played against each other in major ICC tournaments.
Asia Cup is hosted every two years and Pakistan has not hosted the same since 2008. Pakistan has not hosted much cricket after the Sri Lankan team was attacked by the terrorists in 2009.
The 2020 edition of the Asia Cup will be a T20 tournament so that the Asian teams can prepare themselves for the T20 World Cup, which will take place later in the year in Australia. India is the defending champions as they had defeated Bangladesh in 2018 by three wickets.
The previous edition was the 50-overs tournament. The schedule of the tournament is yet to be revealed and the Asian Cricket Council meeting will be held on March 3. The tournament will be played in the month of September.
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