On Wednesday (8th July), Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly’s statement about Asia Cup 2020 being cancelled made a whole buzz in Indian media. 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.
Sourav Ganguly, while talking to Sports Tak on Instagram live session, shed the light on future planing of Indian cricket where he spilt the beans of Asia Cup 2020 future. He said that the tournament has been called off which was scheduled to be organised in September. However, the former Indian captain remained silent when asked to reveal the reason behind the decision.
“In December, we have the first full series. Asia Cup 2020 has been called-off which was scheduled to take place in September,” Ganguly told ‘Sports Tak’ in an Instagram live session.
PCB’s reaction to Sourav Ganguly’s statement:
Replying to Ganguly’s statement, Hasan said that ACC officials could only give such statements and the Indian board president’s comment didn’t carry an importance. He further confirmed that the hosting of Asia Cup 2020 will be discussed in the next ACC meeting.
“The statements made by Sourav Ganguly have no impact on proceedings. Even if he passes comments every week, they do not hold weight or merit,” Hasan said.
“The decision regarding the Asia Cup will be taken by the ACC. The announcement can only be made by the president of the Asian body Nazmul Hasan. To the best of our knowledge, the schedule of the next ACC meeting is yet to be announced.”
Notably, Pakistan has the hosting rights of this year’s Asia Cup though India had opposed touring the rival nation because of the political tension between the two countries. According to reports, BCCI had demanded to conduct India’s matches outside of Pakistan due to security concerns, preferably in the UAE.