The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday postponed the Asia Cup match, scheduled for September this 12 months, till June 2021 owing to an upsurge in COVID-19 instances within the area. The improvement additional clears the best way for the Indian Premier League, which the franchise-based occasion’s organisers try 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 the cancellation of this version of the continental match, the internet hosting rights of which was with Pakistan.
With the Asia Cup pushed again by a 12 months, 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,” the Asian Cricket Council tweeted.
“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 mentioned in an announcement.
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 match.
“From the onset, the Board was keen on organising the tournament as per the original schedule. However, travel restrictions, country-specific quarantine requirements, fundamental health risks and social distancing mandates have posed as substantial challenges to the holding of the Asia Cup.
“Above all, the dangers associated to well being and security of taking part gamers, assist workers, industrial companions, followers and the cricketing neighborhood have been deemed to be vital,” the release further stated.
The organisers of the Asia Cup 2020, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has exchanged hosting rights for the tournament with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) due to security reasons.
“…Accordingly, the (ACC) Board, after cautious consideration of all of the above components, has decided that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed. Conducting the occasion in a accountable method stays the precedence of the ACC and the Board is hopeful that the match shall be held in 2021.”
Through this arrangement, the SLC will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021, while the PCB will host the 2022 edition.
“The ACC is at the moment working in the direction of securing June 2021 as an acceptable window for a similar.”
While the postponement was on the cards for the longest time, Ganguly stealing away the thunder from PCB bosses Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan by announcing the decision one day earlier didn’t go down well with the two top men in Pakistan cricket.
While there was no formal comment from the PCB, a source close to the duo said that protocol meant that the hosts would have ideally announced a postponement.
“They should not completely satisfied since Pakistan was the official hosts of the Asia Cup and secondly they really feel this announcement ought to have come by way of the ACC. Ganguly’s announcement makes it clear that BCCI needed a postponement,” the PCB official mentioned.
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