Asia Cup 2020 canceled, Pakistan to host 2022 edition
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally admitted that this year’s Asia Cup has been canceled, putting an end to various speculations. PCB president Ehsan Mani confirmed the matter on Thursday. He also named the host countries for the next two Asia Cups.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said on Instagram Live on Wednesday that this year’s Asia Cup has been canceled. After the news broke in the media, the PCB said that the Asia Cup was not canceled. Only ACC and BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon will be able to announce the final decision. However, the PCB itself has confirmed the cancellation of the Asia Cup in one day.
Earlier it was heard that this year’s Asia Cup may be held in Sri Lanka. Ehsan Mani said, PCB has agreed to host the 2022 Asia Cup. On the other hand, this year’s canceled tournament will be held in Sri Lanka next year.
The PCB president said,
“The Asian Cricket Council is looking at organising it next year. It is too dangerous to host it this year We had swapped the event with Sri Lanka this year because it is one of the least affected (in South Asia) from the virus.”
“We were originally going to host it but when I looked at the COVID situation in UAE and Pakistan and other South Asia countries, the only country which was ahead of the cycle was Sri Lanka and most likely to conduct the event.
“So Sri Lanka Cricket and PCB discussed it, we put the swap proposal to the ACC and it was approved by the board. There was no politics, it was just for sake of preserving cricket and nothing else,” Mani added.