Wasim Khan, CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has confirmed that his country has earned the rights to host the 2022 Asia Cup. Wasim Khan also stated that the next edition of the Asia Cup which was supposed to be held this year was likely to be held in Sri Lanka in June next year.
Earlier this year, the Asia Cup was to be held before the T20 World Cup. However, both the tournaments were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And both the showpiece events are scheduled to take place next year. While India will host the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka are set to host the Asia Cup.
Wasim Khan said that the decisions regarding he next two editions of the Asia Cup were taken in an online meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that was held last week. He added that the board has set June as the time to host the postponed Asia Cup in Sri Lanka but the dates could be rescheduled if required.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted in Sri Lanka in June and we have got hosting rights now for the 2022 Asia Cup,” Wasim Khan was quoted as saying by PTI.
Pakistan are eyeing to host a first major tournament on their soil since the 2008 Asia Cup. Following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, they had to play their home games at a neutral venue for around a decade. But the situation has improved in the last few years and the likes of Zimbabwe, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have visited them.
Doubts on India’s participation:
With Pakistan set to host the 2022 Asia Cup, it would be interesting to see whether Team India gets the green light to visit the country. The bilateral relation between the two countries is at an all-time low and is unlikely to improve anytime soon.
India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012, but otherwise, both have faced each other only in the ICC organised events or the Asia Cup.