PCB and BCCI are in the middle of a cold war. After the Indian cricket board advised their counter-part to postpone the PSL to next year to accommodate the 2020 Asia Cup, PCB has vehemently rejected the suggestion. As per speculations, the 2020 Asia Cup will go on as per schedule in Sri Lanka or UAE.
Indian cricket board had said that it might be a struggle to host Asia Cup this year as their is no window to accommodate the tournament, advising PCB to postpone the PSL. “Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” the official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
According to PCB sources, the Asian event is expected to be held at a neutral venue this year and there is no need to consider the proposal Indian board have floated that PSL should be postponed PSL, the news.co.pk reported.
“The Asia Cup will go ahead. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October. There are some things which will only get clear in the due course of time. We are hopeful of having the Asia Cup because Sri Lanka has not had too many cases of the Coronavirus. If they can’t do it, then UAE is also ready,” Wasim Khan said as quoted by India Today.
On 29 October 2015, following the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Singapore, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur stated that the 2018 edition of the tournament would be held in India. It will follow the ODI format. However, in April 2018, the tournament was moved to the United Arab Emirates, due to political tensions between India and Pakistan.
India were the defending champions, and retained their title, after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final. India did not suffer a single defeat in the tournament, with 2 wins each against Pakistan & Bangladesh, a solitary win against Hong Kong, and a tie with Afghanistan. Shikhar Dhawan was the top run getter with 342 runs in 5 matches, was awarded Man of the Series
The Asia Cup 2020 is originally slated to get underway from September.
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