Fate Of Asia Cup Relies On 2020 T20 World Cup Postponement

Fate Of Asia Cup Relies On 2020 T20 World Cup Postponement

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India are the defending champions of Asia Cup (Credits: AP)

The fate of Asia Cup, originally slated to be hosted in September by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), relies on the schedule of 2020 T20 World Cup. The global governing council has deferred its decision on the marquee event to June 10. It is likely that the tournament will be postponed to next year.

Dark clouds continue to hover over 2020 T20 World Cup as its fate still hangs in the balance. The T20 World Cup in Australia is slated to get underway in October but due to the lockdown situation enforced to withstand the Covid-19 pandemic it might be postponed to next year. To arrange the logistics beforehand will be major task for the global governing council due to the pandemic situation.

KL Rahul, Asia Cup 2018
Indian Cricket team celebrates after won during the final one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on September 28, 2018. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Decision on Asia Cup 2020 to be taken in due course: ACC

The ACC board held its meeting with chaired by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan. It was incidentally the first meeting for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah at continental level. The board has emphasised on hosting the tournament but deferred its decision probably hinting at the commencement of 2020 T20 World Cup.

“…the Board emphasised on the importance of holding the Asia Cup 2020. In light of the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, possible venue options for the Asia Cup 2020 were discussed and it was decided to take the final decision in due course,” an ACC press release stated after the meeting on Monday.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI, Asia Xi vs World XI
Sourav Ganguly (Credits – Twitter)

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia are keen to host India for the traditional Test series so that they can recover from the losses given the stature of the series.

The 16-team 2020 T20 World Cup is originally slated to take place from October 18 to November 15.