This year’s Asia Cup tournament, originally scheduled for September, has postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said on Thursday.
Pakistan, who were set to host the tournament this year in a tournament in the UAE, has exchange hosting rights with Sri Lanka. Who will stage next year’s event, while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the 2022 edition.
The ACC said in a statement it is hoping to stage the Twenty20 competition, which will feature six countries including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in June next year.
According To ACC
“From the onset, the ACC was keen on organizing the tournament as per the original schedule. However, travel restrictions, country-specific quarantine requirements… have posed substantial challenges to the holding of the Asia Cup,” the ACC said.
“Above all, the risks relate to the health and safety of participating players, support staff, commercial partners, fans, and the cricketing community was deeme to significant.
“Accordingly, the Board, after careful consideration of all the above factors, has determined that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed.
The ACC said Pakistan, who were set to host the tournament this year in the UAE, have exchange hosting rights with Sri Lanka. who will stage next year’s event. while the PCB will host the 2022 edition.
“Responsibly conducting the event remains the ACC’s priority. And the board is hopeful that the tournament will be held in 2021.”Tthe statement said, adding that the council was hoping to stage the Twenty20 competition. Which will feature six countries including India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, in June next year.
However, the statement clarified that Sri Lanka will now hold the rescheduled event while Pakistan will play host in 2022.
“The hosts for the Asia Cup 2020, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), exchanged hosting rights with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Through this arrangement, SLC will host the rescheduled event expected in June 2021. While the PCB will host the Asia Cup 2022.”
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