India’s participation in the Asia Cup 2020 is confirmed as the continental cricket tournament has been moved out of Pakistan.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the next Asia Cup will be held in Dubai. The development paves the way for participation of both India and Pakistan.
Pakistan were the designated hosts for the tournament scheduled for September. Since the BCCI had made it clear that the Indian team would not be able to travel to the neighbouring country owing to security concerns, the event has been moved to Dubai.
“Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play,” Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens before leaving for Dubai for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, to be held on March 3.
Earlier, the BCCI had said they have no problem with Pakistan hosting the tournament, provided it is held at a neutral venue.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral cricket since the 2012-13 limited overs series hosted by India. Due to the ongoing political tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan have only met in major International Cricket Council competitions in the past seven years.
Meanwhile, the BCCI president also congratulated the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian team for making to the Women’s T20 World Cup semi-finals with an exciting three-run win over New Zealand in Melbourne.
“They are playing some fantastic cricket and have qualified. Nobody is favourites in a world tournament. They are a good side, let’s see where they finish,” Ganguly said of the women’s cricket team that won three matches in a row to seal a last-four berth.
The former India captain backed Virat Kohli’s side to bounce back from the Basin Reverse debacle and level the two-match Test series in New Zealand. “They have come back before. I’m sure they will bounce back again. There’s still one Test remaining,” Ganguly said.
Sourav refused to comment on Bengal’s Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka, starting in Kolkata today (Saturday). Bengal, who lost to Delhi in their last semi-final appearance two seasons ago, are aiming to make their first Ranji Trophy final since 2006-07.
“It’s two different generations.. Fingers crossed, we will talk after five days. It depends who play well. I don’t want to talk about it now,” Ganguly said.