The Asia Cup 2020 is likely to be postponed due to the current global health crisis. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, several reports suggested that the tournament is likely to be cancelled this year.
Pakistan having the hosting rights did not help the cause of the competition either. Moreover, with BCCI desperate to host the IPL this year, it looked like that the Asia Cup would not go ahead this year. Amidst all these, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offered Sri Lanka Cricket the opportunity to host the competition.
But according to reports in Sri Lanka, there’s greater likelihood of the tournament being postponed or scrapped this year with regional boards showing little interest in taking part in the six-nation tournament largely due to the restrictions and logistical hurdles posed by the pandemic.
The Asian Cricket Council is likely to make a final decision by next week, according to Sri Lankan news outlet the Sunday Times.
The BCCI is likely to welcome the news of the postponement of the tournament as they have made it clear their top priority is to host the IPL this year. The failure to host the tournament will cost the board close to INR 4000 crore. The Indian board is currently waiting for a decision from the ICC on T20 World Cup. If the marquee ICC event is cancelled this year, the IPL is likely to be held as soon as the conditions improve.
IPL is likely to be held outside India this year due to the pandemic. Interestingly, Sri Lanka as well as UAE are the front-runners to host the tournament. The thirteenth edition of the IPL was scheduled to be played between March 29 and May 17.