The Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to give hosting rights to Sri Lanka for Asia Cup 2020. However, the final call will be taken by the Asian Cricket Council after the decision of the T20 World Cup is taken on 10th June 2020.
The current pandemic has added an extra pressure on the ACC to consider all the permutations and combinations to organize the Asia Cup 2020.
However, if reports are to be believed Sri Lanka is waiting for the confirmation from ACC end and they are all set to host Asia Cup 2020.
The PCB was given the hosting right for the 2020 Asia Cup however Indian cricket board denied that they will not send their players to Pakistan as the diplomatic tension between the two countries is not good from the last 70 years.
There is one more angle to the story which is the current pandemic which will change the equation out of proportion with many wondering if the event will take place this year or not.
As SLC chief Shammi Silva quoted to media outlet Ceylon Today which is “We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation,”.
However Pakistan Sports Editor Saj Sadiq wrote on his official twitter handle “President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Shammi Silva has stated that the Asian Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board have agreed that Sri Lanka can host this year’s Asia Cup T20 tournament which is scheduled for September #Cricket”.
President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Shammi Silva has stated that the Asian Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board have agreed that Sri Lanka can host this year’s Asia Cup T20 tournament which is scheduled for September #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) June 9, 2020
He further claimed that Sri Lanka has even got the motto to host the Asia Cup 2020 which is scheduled to take place in September this year.
The recent ACC meeting saw discussions over the possible venues take place. While many sporting activities have been cancelled and postponed due to COVID 19 outbreak, the prospect of Asia Cup being held as per its original schedule seems bright as of now.
As the ACC press release stated that “the Board emphasized the importance of holding the Asia Cup 2020. In light of the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, possible venue options for the Asia Cup 2020 were discussed and it was decided to take the final decision in due course,”.