Amid all the chaos and uncertainties over the future of Cricket in upcoming months, Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that they won’t compromise a multination tournament like Asia Cup for the sake of Indian Premier League if situation arrives.
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.
Now, with the Indian Government increasing the nation-wide lockdown till 3rd May, BCCI is in quest of an alternate window for hosting IPL 2020. There are also reports that if the situation improves by August-September, BCCI might consider rescheduling the IPL in those months instead of Asia Cup.
However, in a recent interview, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan has made his stance clear that Pakistan won’t sacrifice Asia Cup in any case for the IPL. “Our stance is absolutely clear; the Asia Cup is set for September and the only reason it should not take place is continued health safety issues. We will not accept that the Asia-Cup is moved to accommodate the IPL,” Khan was quoted as saying on GTV News Channel.
According to Wasim Khan, if anything like this happens, it would be unfair with not only Pakistan but also other participating nations. Wasin Khan was speaking after the ICC chief executives’ meeting that took place on Thrusday, he said, “I have heard that there is talk to move the Asia Cup to November-December but for us that is not possible. If you move the Asia Cup you are making way for one member nation and that is not right and it will not have our support.”
Wasim Khan also advocated for a behind closed doors World T20 as the cancellation of the marquee tournament will bring huge monetary loss for the ICC members. “The T20 World Cup might be played behind closed doors because if we don’t play T20 World Cup each board potentially stands to lose between 15 and 20 million dollars,” said Wasim Khan.