Cricket, Last Thing On Mind: PCB Chief Ehsan Mani On Asia Cup
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Cricket, Last Thing On Mind: PCB Chief Ehsan Mani On Asia Cup

Ehsan Mani
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The world has come to a standstill due to novel coronavirus pandemic. Sports events included. At this time, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani has said, cricket is the last thing on anyone’s mind and nothing is certain about the Asia Cup 2020.

The showpiece Asian tournament was slated to be hosted by Pakistan in September. But it might well get postponed due to the coronavirus widespread. A meeting between the boards and ACC was due to decide on the neutral venue and commencement of the event.

We have not decided on a date for meeting: ACC

Ehsan Mani, Najam Sethi, Pakistan, Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board
Ehsan Mani has been appointed as the new PCB chairman replacing Najam Sethi. (Image Courtesy: PCB)

But as the situation stands, PCB chief said, they have not decided on date yet. Although, the ACC is monitoring the situation closely. He said that, there is time for Asia Cup left, and a meeting can be held once the situation improves.

“There has not been any discussion on the matter yet. Nothing has been decided,” Mani was quoted as saying by Sportstar. “We haven’t decided on a date for the meeting either. The ACC is monitoring the situation and will take a call accordingly.”

“At this point in time, cricket is the last thing in anyone’s mind. But the member nations and the ACC are keeping an eye on how things go. There is still some time left for the Asia Cup, so a meeting on that could only be held once the situation improves,” the official said.

‘Let us not speculate on postponement or cancellation’

Ehsan Mani, India, Pakistan
A picture from Asia Cup 2018. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Asia Cup 2020 has not been postponed or called off yet. With a decision yet to be taken, one of the senior members of the board has asked not to speculate anything, as of now.  “Let’s not speculate things. As of now, there is no word on postponement and cancellation and that’s how it is,” one of the senior functionaries of a member board said.