The year 2020 was supposed to be of great importance for the game as two major tournaments- Asia Cup 2020 and World Cup 2020- were scheduled to take place in the latter half of the year. But now, after all the chaos and uncertainties due to CoViD-19 outbreak, the world Cricket is gearing up for its first International series in 4 months with England taking on WI for a three test series from July 8.
The 4-months period saw postponement of Indian Premier League and Pakistan Cricket League apart from cancellation of many bilateral series. Even the fate of Asia Cup and ICC World T20 looks uncertain in these challenging conditions. However, both the ICC and its board members are planning their best to somehow sneak in the major tournaments in limited time frame.
While BCCI is trying to sneak in IPL 2020 in place of World T20 in October November, the PCB is trying hard to accommodate Asia Cup and the finales of PSL 2020 in that time frame. In the present condition, only one of the Asia Cup or IPL can be hosted as players will need a 14-day quarantine time before any tournament.
The limited time frame has now become a bone of contention. After BCCI announced tentative dated for IPL 2020, in a recent interaction, PCB CEO Wasim Khan has cleared that PCB is looking forward to hosting the Asia Cup either in September or October this year. He also made it clear that PCB won’t compromise Asia Cup for the sake of IPL.
Speaking to the media on the Asia Cup, Wasim said: “The Asia Cup will go ahead. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October. There are some things which will only get clear in the due course of time. We are hopeful of having the Asia Cup because Sri Lanka has not had too many cases of the coronavirus. If they can’t do it, then the UAE is also ready.”
In the current FTP, Asian Cricket Council has planned to organise Asia Cup 2020 in September with Pakistan being the host of the multination tournament, before a disagreement and possible boycott by India forced ACC (Asian Cricket Council) and PCB to schedule the Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates.
In the response to the statement from PCB CEO, a BCCI official in the knowledge of developments advised that PCB should look for an alternate window to complete PSL next year and try slotting in the Asia Cup in that window for now.
“Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” the functionary said as quoted by Outlook.