Pakistan Asked Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup 2020
Pakistan Board asked Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup 2020, and possibly Sri Lanka will host Asia Cup 2020 on the basis of Neutral Venue. The Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), after a video conference on Monday, revealed that the decision on the Asia Cup 2020 would be taken in due course.
The ACC’s scheduled events were prominent on the list of issues discussed at the meeting. The ACC, in a media update, clarified that the Board emphasized the importance of holding the 2020 Asia Cup during the video conference.
“In particular, the board emphasized the importance of holding the 2020 Asia Cup. In light of the impact and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, possible venue options for the 2020 Asia Cup were discussed and it was decided to make the final decision in due course,” acc.
The Chairman of the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly attended the meeting for the first time.
“The Board was also informed of the state and progress of ACC’s participation in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzou, China. The Board noted with satisfaction the ongoing activities and initiatives of the ACC. The meeting was chaired by ACC President Nazmul Hassan. The president of the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly attended for the first time,” the update said.
Although Pakistan is the designated host for the 2020 Asia Cup, but PCB President Ehsan Mani had revealed in early March that the tournament will have to be held in a neutral venue due to its strained political relations with India.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Shammi Silva said Pakistan has given the green light to the islanders by organizing the next edition of the multinational event.
“We had a discussion with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they’ve already accepted that we organize this edition because of the current global situation,” Shammi told Ceylon Today.
“We had an ACC meeting online today [June 8] and basically gave us the green light to host the tournament,” he added.
Sri Lanka has recorded more than 1,800 cases of Covid-19, of which 990 have been recovered and discharged, reducing the total active cases to more than 800.