Just a few days prior to the Asian Cricket Council meeting, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has assisted that India and Pakistan both will be the part of Asia Cup 2020. Ganguly, speaking to reporters at the Eden Gardens on Friday (February 28), also said that the tournament will be played in Dubai later this year.
Ganguly said, “Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play.” The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), however, will take the final call on hosting of the tournament in its meeting on March 3.
Earlier, there were reports that Pakistan Cricket Board was adamant to host the Asia Cup on their turf only. And with the all-time low bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, the defending champions also threatened to boycott the tournament as team India were never supposed to visit Pakistan to play the tournament. Same kind of situation also came up back in 2018 Asia Cup after PCB failed to get VISA for the India tour in 2018 and BCCI hosted the tournament in UAE.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since December 2012 when Pakistan had visited India for three ODIs and two T20Is. Since then both teams have faced other either in Asia Cup or in ICC tournaments.
The Asia Cup is played once every two years with all the Asian teams fighting for the coveted trophy. Pakistan hasn’t hosted the tournament since 2008 and with Cricket slowly returning to their home turf after almost a decade they were understandably keen to host the tournament. Since 2016, the Asia Cup has been on a rotation basis – alternating between T20Is and ODIs – with the 2020 edition set to be a T20 tournament in preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup.