With the eased lockdowns, the world is slowly getting back to the pre – CoViD19 days. The sports organisations are also looking to resume the action after almost 3 months, however, only in bio-secure environment.
In Cricket also, the organisations and boards are looking forward to resume the action. The year 2020 was supposed to be of great importance for the game as three major tournaments- IPL 2020, Asia Cup 2020 and World Cup 2020- were scheduled to take place in the latter half of the year.
But amid the prevailing conditions, none of the tournament looks certainty as of now. While IPL 2020 and World T20 2020 are in a race to beat each other, Asia Cup 2020 hangs by a thread. The intercontinental tournament was scheduled to be held in September this year in Pakistan, before a disagreement and possible boycott by India forced ACC (Asian Cricket Council) and PCB to organise the Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates.
On Monday, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) held a meeting with its board members to discuss the fate of the tournament. From BCCI, president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah attended the meeting chaired by BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon. However, the committee could not come to any decision and are likely to have further discussions later on this month.
“…. the Board emphasised on 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” the ACC said in a release.
The Asia Cup is a Biennial affair that is hosted by Asian Cricket Council. All the participant members of ACC participate in the prestigious tournament. The format of the tournament depends upon the next scheduled ICC event. In 2016, the tournament was played in T20 format while in 2018 it was played in ODI format.