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 have adopted ‘Wait and Watch’ policy over the future of World’s best Cricket League IPL.
There are also reports that BCCI is looking for an alternate window for hosting IPL 2020 and if the situation gets improved by August-September BCCI might consider rescheduling the IPL in those months instead of Asia Cup.
However, in a recent podcast, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has clearly refused to compromise Asia Cup for IPL 2020. “I have read and heard about these speculations but right now just remember that having or not having the Asia Cup is not a decision between Pakistan and India it involves other countries as well.
“…it is important to have the Asia Cup if cricket activities resume by then because development of Asian cricket depends on funding from the tournament. It is important for many countries who are members of the Asian Cricket Council,” said Ehsan Mani in a podcast released by the PCB.
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.