Sourav Ganguly Confirms Asia Cup 2020 Cancellation: Earlier PCB Agreed to Shift Asia Cup To Sri Lanka. It Has Been Canceled Considering The Current Covid-19 Situation
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly today announced the cancellation of Asia Cup 2020. This year Asia Cup supposed to be played in T-20 format and was scheduled in the month of September. The hosting rights of Asia Cup was originally with PCB. However, PCB agreed on giving it to Sri Lanka considering the Covid 19 pandemic. Earlier in June the Asian Cricket Association in a press release informed the no venue has been finalized for Asia Cup and decision will be taken soon. However, in the light of Covid-19 consequences the tournament has been called off for this year. It was supposed to be 6 team event India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan are full member and 1 team through qualifiers.
The Asia Cup 2020 cancellation news is coming on the day when Cricket is making return. England & West Indies are playing the first test match after long hiatus in a bio secure environment.
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Asia Cup 2020 Cancellation How BCCI, BCB & PCB Reacted
Speaking to Sports Tak, BCCI President confirmed the cancellation Asia Cup cancel ho chuka hai, jo September me tha (Aisa Cup has been cancelled which was due to take place in September.)
PCB also agreed to the decision and said it has been considering the worsening Covid situation. PCB chief Ehsan in an interaction with PTI denied the involvement of any politics in the decision.
“The Asian Cricket Council is looking at organizing it next year. It is too dangerous to host it this year We had swapped the event with Sri Lanka this year because it is one of the least affected (in South Asia) from the virus.
We were originally going to host it but when I looked at the COVID situation in UAE and Pakistan and other South Asia countries, the only country which was ahead of the cycle was Sri Lanka and most likely to conduct the event.
“So Sri Lanka Cricket and PCB discussed it, we put the swap proposal to the ACC and it was approved by the board. There was no politics, it was just for sake of preserving cricket and nothing else,” Mani added.
“As far as I am concerned ACC management is working on Asia Cup 2020. They are also exploring other options if the tournament cannot be hosted on scheduled time,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Cricbuzz. He added that he is not a position to make comment on the announcment made by Sourav Ganguly.
The Asia Cup 2020 Cancellation news came a day ahead of ACC meeting which scheduled on July 09, 2020.