Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Thursday, earned the hosting rights for the next edition of the Asia Cup. The upcoming edition will be held in September 2020 just a month before the World T20. However, it is still not clear whether Pakistan will be the host for the competition.
The next edition of the Asia Cup will be a T20 event, making it the second such event in the history of the tournament. The ACC has now decided to juggle the Asia Cup format on the basis of the succeeding tournaments. In 2016, it was played in T20I format due to the World T20I. However, this year the competition reverted back to its traditional ODI format.
“The 2020 Asia Cup will take place in Pakistan. They will tell us where we’ll be holding it, since they are the hosts. India hosted it last time, but it was held in the UAE,” Nazmul Hassan, the ACC president said.
But what could hurt Pakistan’s chances of hosting the competition is the security situation and the never-ending political tension with India. In case Pakistan misses out, UAE looks like the most likely destination. UAE have been hosting Pakistan’s home games since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Earlier this year, UAE successfully hosted the 2018 Asia Cup.
India and Pakistan have not played a full-fledged series since 2007. In 2012, Pakistan visited India for a limited-overs series but otherwise the bitters rivals have only played against each other in ICC tournaments or the Asia Cup. The relation further worsened when the PCB sought compensation from the BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series over the course of eight years between 2015 and 2023. However, ICC’s Dispute Panel dismissed the case.
Recently, India had declined to send its team to Pakistan for the Emerging Nations Cup. Consequently, all the games including India and the final was shifted to Sri Lanka.