This will hit the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) hard. Even before the ACC is formally scheduled to meet on 9th July to decide the fate of Asia Cup, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has declared that Asia Cup T20 scheduled for September has been called off.
“Asia Cup cancel ho chuka hai, joh September me tha (Asia Cup, which was to be held in September, has been cancelled),” Ganguly told ‘sports tak’ in an instagram live session.
With T20 World Cup in October-November also unlikely to go ahead in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia Cup’s cancellation allows the BCCI to have a full-fledged IPL in the same window.
ASIA CUP CRICKET Called off even before ACC Meeting
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday confirmed that the Asia Cup 2020 cricket tournament will not be played this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ganguly was asked about Indian cricket and when can the fans see Virat Kohli’s team back on the field to which he replied that it is very difficult to predict when that can happen.
“Asia Cup has been cancelled in September. So at the moment I cannot say when cricket will resume in India,” Ganguly said during the chat.
Ganguly’s statement comes just days after the Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan assured that the Asia Cup 2020 will go ahead as scheduled later this year in either Sri Lanka or the UAE. Khan had said last month that Pakistan, the original host of the event, had agreed to let Sri Lanka conduct it in return for hosting the next regional event.