U19 Asia Cup Postponed To 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

U19 Asia Cup Postponed To 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

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India are the defending champions of U19 Asia Cup (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

The upcoming edition of the U19 Asia Cup has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was scheduled to be played in November in the UAE where the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is currently going on.

According to report, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had urged member boards to give their opinion about playing the tournament before deciding to postpone it to 2012 due to the present conditions. The news has been confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board’s game development manager AEM Kawsar. BCB game development, had recently formed a new U19 squad before being informed about the decision by the ACC.

“The Under-19 Asia Cup [that was expected to be played in November 2020] has been postponed and will be played in 2021,” Kawsar told Cricbuzz. “ACC is looking for a suitable date to host the tournament next year,” he added.

A total of eight teams were expected to feature in the tournament that included India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan along with host United Arab Emirates and two qualifying teams. The previous edition of the U19 Asia Cup was held in Sri Lanka last year with a total of 8 teams participating in it. India had won the tournament after beating Bangladesh in the final.

Earlier this year, the ACC had also postponed the senior teams’ Asia Cup which was to be held in September 2020. The ACC has said it was looking at a window in June 2021 to host the tournament.

The Asia Cup is not the only high profile competition that has been postponed this year. The ICC had to postpone the ICC T20 World Cup too which was scheduled to take place between October and November in Australia. As far as international cricket is concerned, it finally resumed in July when England hosted West Indies before welcoming Ireland, Pakistan and Australia.

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