BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. 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.
Earlier, 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.
Breaking News: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Confirms Asia Cup 2020 Has Been Cancelled
The Asian showpiece event was set to be called off after reports earlier suggested the tournament will not be able to go ahead due to the pandemic situation which has hit the entire globe.
“In December, we have the first full series. Asia Cup 2020 has been called-off which was scheduled to take place in September,” Sourav Ganguly told Vikrant Gupta on a live Instagram chat.
On being quizzed again, if Asia Cup is officially called off, Ganguly said “Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled”.
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.
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.