The Asia Cup T20 has been finally postponed, confirmed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday. The official announcement came the day after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly spoke about the cancellation of the event this year.
However, the event has now been postponed to the next year in June announced by the ACC. As per the reports, Sri Lanka will be hosting the T20 event in June next year with no alterations in the fixtures.
The Board of Cricket Control of India has openly welcomed this proposal by the ACC and SLC also finds support from the original hosts PCB for conducting the event.
“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,” PCB Chief Ehsan Mani said.
Only Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to respond on this proposal as its president Nazmul Hassan Papon is recovering from his prostate surgery. Once he returns back to work, the decision will surely get a nod from him.
The ACC is currently looking for a suitable window i.e., in June next year as it is closely discussing the further arrangements with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
After the exchanging the hosting rights with the SLC, the PCB will now be hosting the next edition of the Asia Cup in 2022.