Pakistan Cricket Board has earned the hosting rights for the Asia Cup T20 championship in 2020. The Board of Control for Cricket in India was reportedly among the national cricket boards to vote in favour of the PCB as Asian Cricket Council awarded the hosting rights for the Asia Cup in 2020.
India, however, has reportedly put a rider that the PCB cannot stage the cup in Pakistan. Though the decision on the venue is still pending whether the event will take place at a neutral venue in the UAE or Pakistan.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted by Pakistan, and the hosting right belongs to them. Where they will host the tournament, it’s up to them,” ACC president Nazmul Hassan Papon has said at the ACC in the Bangladesh Capital decided on the 2020 Asia Cup hosting rights.
The tournament on the T20 format will be played in September 2020, just before the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has reportedly told the PCB to host the Asia Cup at a neutral venue. This was conveyed to the Pakistan officials during the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Dhaka on Thursday, states a report in national daily Times of India.
Like India offered the hosting right of the 2018 Asia Cup to United Arab Emirates, Pakistan have been asked to follow suit. “Playing in Pakistan is out of question and so the hosts have been told to think about an alternative arrangement,” TOI has quoted an anonymous source as saying.
The BCCI stand gives a push for the Asia Cup to be hosted in the UAE, which has served as Pakistan’s adopted home for men’s internationals since 2010.
The 2018 Asia Cup was scheduled to be played in India, but was shifted to UAE with India triumphing over Bangladesh in the final by three wickets.