After 3- months of agony, the world is slowly getting back to the preCoViD-19 days. The sports organisations are also looking to resume the action in bio-secure environment. In Cricket, the organisations and boards are looking forward to end the 2020 on a happy note.
The year 2020 was supposed to be of great importance for the game as three major tournaments- IPL 2020, Asia Cup 2020 and T20 World Cup 2020- were scheduled to take place in this 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, but for the past few days, there have been rumours in the industry that the Asia Cup might be held in Sri Lanka instead of Pakistan.
The rumours have emerged after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting held last week. And reportedly, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have agreed to swap rights for hosting this edition.
Even SLC chief Shammi Silva has stated that SLC has been in talks with PCB for organising the tournament in Sri Lanka. Silva said, “They have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation. We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament,” after the ACC meeting.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressed a great surprise over the rumours. Surprised by the rumours, a BCCI official, “We have no idea where such reports are coming from and we’re surprised how fast these reports travel. The BCCI is clear that no decision was taken at the ACC meeting. The Board (BCCI) is tired of giving out these clarifications,” quoted as saying by Yahoo cricket.
The BCCI official also made it clear that the Indian Premier League 2020 edition will not be curtailed one for the sake of Asia Cup. “Let’s be clear about that first. There won’t be a truncated IPL just to host an Asia Cup. Those thinking on such lines are clearly not speaking in India’s interests and the BCCI will not be a party to it,” the official added.