This Asia Cup 2020 is probably going to be canceled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has brought cricketing activities around the world to a halt.
According to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), the tournament isn’t an opportunity bearing in mind the very fact that the impact of COVID-19 is unknown thus far.
“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we will safely assume that the Asia Cup 2020 isn’t an opportunity.
The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official was quoted as saying within the report.
PCB Said about Asia Cup 2020:
“We cannot throw light on when subsequent Asian Cricket Council meeting will happen and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” a PCB official said.
Although Pakistan is that the designated host for the 2020 Asia Cup, the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani had
revealed earlier this month that the tournament will need to be hosted at a neutral venue thanks to their strained
political relations with India.
“The job losses across sectors and therefore the impact on the economy is additionally unknown.
The sports organization is additionally hit deeply and there’ll be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns.
There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it’ll be
a replacement quite a challenge to affect them,” the official added.
The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan in September this year but a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official didn’t seem too optimistic when approached on the matter.
With the COVID-19 pandemic escalating within the region and no Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meetings lined up in near future, there’s a cloud over the tournament happening in the least this year.