Asia Cup cricket postponed till June 2021

New Delhi, July 9

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday postponed the Asia Cup event, scheduled for September this yr, till June 2021 owing to an upsurge in COVID-19 instances within the area.

The growth additional clears the way in which for the Indian Premier League, which the franchise-based occasion’s organisers are attempting to carry from September to November with the T20 World Cup additionally set to be deferred.

This comes a day after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly introduced cancellation of this version of the continental event, the internet hosting rights of which was with Pakistan.

With the Asia Cup pushed again by a yr, the ICC too is now anticipated to announce the postponement of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in October-November.

“After careful consideration and evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board of the ACC has decided to postpone the Asia Cup tournament that was scheduled for September 2020,” tweeted the Asian Cricket Council.

“The Executive Board of the ACC has met on multiple occasions to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asia Cup tournament…” the ACC stated in a press release.

The ACC Board, of which each Ganguly and BCCI secretary Jay Shah are a part of, couldn’t afford to disregard the well being dangers concerned in internet hosting the event.

“From the onset, the Board was eager on organising the event as per the unique schedule. However, journey restrictions, country-specific quarantine necessities, elementary well being dangers and social distancing mandates have posed as substantial challenges to the holding of the Asia Cup,” said the discharge.

“Above all, the risks related to health and safety of participating players, support staff, commercial partners, fans and the cricketing community were deemed to be significant,” it added.

The organisers of the Asia Cup 2020, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has exchanged internet hosting rights for the event with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as a result of safety causes.

“…Accordingly, the (ACC) Board, after careful consideration of all the above factors, has determined that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed. Conducting the event in a responsible manner remains the priority of the ACC and the Board is hopeful that the tournament will be held in 2021.”       

Through this association, the SLC will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup anticipated in June 2021, whereas the PCB will host the 2022 version. 

“The ACC is currently working towards securing June 2021 as a suitable window for the same.” 

While the postponement was on the playing cards for the longest time, Ganguly stealing away the thunder from PCB bosses Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan by saying the choice in the future earlier did not go down effectively with the 2 prime males in Pakistan cricket.

While there was no formal remark from the PCB, a supply near the duo stated that protocol meant that the hosts would have ideally introduced a postponement.

“They are not happy since Pakistan was the official hosts of the Asia Cup and secondly they feel this announcement should have come through the ACC. Ganguly’s announcement makes it clear that BCCI wanted postponement,” stated a PCB official. PTI 

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