The coronavirus outbreak has brought the entire world to a standstill and cricket has not turned out to be an exception. Cricket has been hard by the pandemic and it looks like the game is going to suffer even more in the coming days. The Asia Cup this year is reportedly set to be cancelled too.
The Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in September this year before the T20 World Cup in Australia. The tournament is scheduled to be played in a T20 format so that the teams could prepare for the T20 World Cup. However, the chances of the tournament taking place is as good as over.
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said it is almost safe to say that this edition of the Asia Cup is more than unlikely to take place. While he admitted that it is too soon to talk about the schedule, he said that Asia Cup going ahead is not a possibility.
“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn’t a possibility. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown.
“The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them,” the official said.
The news outlet also contacted host association Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to talk on the matter. In reply, the PCB confirmed that there isn’t much information to be given with regards to the status of the tournament.
“We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” the PCB official told IANS.