Asia Cup 2020: Coronavirus puts a fear halt on its play-in
Asia Cup was scheduled to start in September 2020, and Pakistan hosts the mega event of Asian cricketing nations.
With the increasing global sporting calendar having been tossed into spy-curviness due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, It lifts Asian mega event of cricket into a fear state. Concerns over its playing have been doing around in media, but it gets real when the PCB chief Ehsan Mani speaks up.
The Asia Cup was scheduled to kick-start in September, a build-up – play into highly anticipated event ICC T20 WC, later in Australia.
Ehsan Mani speaks up about Asian cup playing.
“There’s uncertainty over the Asia Cup. Nothing has been decided yet. The whole world is in an uncertain state,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by Telegraph.
“You don’t know what it will be like in September. Don’t get me wrong, but it will depend on a number of factors.”
“Mere speculation won’t help. Maybe the situation will be clearer in a month’s time,” he said.
However, several cricketing tours have been suspended, including high-profile Pakistan Super League and IPL, to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the first place. IPL was supposed to start on the 29th of March but forced suspension due to the corona crisis.
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Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that both the arch-rivals India and Pakistan would feature in this year’s Asia Cup. The tournament will be held in Dubai after unsettling prevailed over the host nation of the mega event, he said. BCCI made a point on the hosting country, Pakistan, that they do not have concerns over Pakistan hosting the tournament if it is held at a neutral venue.
On the other hand, the organizers of ICC T20 WC to be played later this year in Australia said that they are highly optimistic about hosting the high profile event despite the crisis of NCOVID-19 pandemic.
The T20 World cup is scheduled to be underway in October, from October 18 to November 15, this year.
“We’re wanting to give ourselves the best possible chance of going ahead as planned, so there’s no imminent or quick decision,” Nick Hockley, Chief Executive of the T20 World Cup organizing committee.