India Participation in Asia Cup 2020 is Doubtful
India’s participation in the next Asia Cup 2020 is now in serious doubt if the Asian Cricket Council does not change venues. The next edition of the tournament will take place next year in Pakistan. The ACC reaffirmed its decision to award accommodation rights to Pakistan in May of this year. The tournament, which could be held in the T20 format, will take place in September before the World T20 2020 in Australia.
However, it is very unlikely that India will participate in the competition if Pakistan hosts the tournament. As a result of the Indian government’s decision to repeal Article 370, already poor bilateral relations between the two countries have deteriorated further. Pakistan strongly opposed India’s decision to remove Article 370, which confers special status on Jammu and Kashmir.
Following India’s decision, Pakistan decided to degrade diplomatic relations with India and suspend bilateral trade. Pakistan also expelled the Indian envoy to Islamabad. It is therefore highly unlikely that India will consider traveling to Pakistan next year for the Asia Cup 2020. India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007. Pakistan visited India for three tries and five international matches. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India on December 2012, but only met at ICC or Asian Cup events. India last played on Pakistani soil in 2008.
Earlier this year, bilateral relations took another blow after the Pulwama attack in February. The attack, carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed the lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel. There had been calls for a boycott of Pakistan at the World Cup, but that did not happen. However, India’s participation in the next Asian Cup is still very uncertain. India will only participate in the tournament if the venue is moved. But if the ACC and Pakistan decide not to change venues, next year’s Asian Cup is likely to be played without the defending champions.