Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan has reckoned that there still remains ‘some uncertainty’ over India’s ability to host the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2021 given the Covid-19 situation in the country.
India is supposed to host the next edition of the T20 World Cup after the governing council awarded the rights of the 2021 event to the BCCI after the 2020 edition that was set to take place Down Under was postponed due to Covid.
Khan believes that due to the virus, the marquee event could move to the United Arab Emirates. When reminded of the fact that the BCCI is planning to schedule the domestic season, England tour, and the IPL in the upcoming months, Wasim Khan said that a clear picture will emerge by April.
”There is still some uncertainty over the World T20 being held in India…yes because of the Covid situation there. It could be in UAE,” Wasim Khan said in an interview to the Cricket Baaz YouTube channel.
Wasim Khan further added that the PCB is still awaiting written confirmation from the ICC and BCCI over the issuance of visas to the national team for the quadrennial event.
”Yes Mani Sahab (PCB chief Ehsan Mani) has written to them and requested them that given the state of relations between India and Pakistan, it would be best if the ICC and BCCI gives a written assurance about the visas being issued to us,” Khan added.
Wasim Khan on India-Pakistan bilateral cricket future and Asia Cup 2021
The PCB CEO went on to reveal that in a virtual meeting conducted by the Asian Cricket Council last week, it was decided that the Asia Cup- which was supposed to take place in September this year- will now take place in Sri Lanka in June 2021.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted in Sri Lanka in June and we have got hosting rights now for the 2022 Asia Cup,” he said.
With India-Pakistan relations at an all-time low, Wasim Khan realizes that the possibility of India playing with their neighbors in a bilateral rubber remains bleak and hence he proceeded to urge the ICC to ensure that both nations lock horns with each other in the world events.
”But yes bilateral relations are not ideal and that is why we have also asked for the assurances for next year’s World Cup,” Wasim Khan said.