ACC replies on Pakistan hosting Asia Cup 2020: The Asian Cricket Council opened up on the ongoing confusion regarding the tournament.
The venue for the upcoming season of the Asia Cup has come under the scanner after rumours of India planning to skip the tournament scheduled to be held later in the year.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan are slated to host the tournament. While it was earlier scheduled to be played in Abu Dhabi, international cricket returning to Pakistan of late means that they would be keen to host the tournament in their own country.
Given the political relation between the arch-rivals, India traveling to Pakistan seems to be a far-fetched reality at this point in time. A source in vicinity of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was recently vocal about India’s bleak chances of going to Pakistan.
“The question isn’t about the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] hosting the tournament. It is about the venue and as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral venue. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup.
If the Asian Cricket Council [ACC] is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” the source quoted as saying by IANS.
ACC replies on Pakistan hosting Asia Cup 2020
Considering the convolution regarding the venue of the tournament, ACC passed a statement hinting that a meeting will be held int he near future to address the same.
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“ACC will have a meeting sometime in February to discuss issues related to the hosting of the Asia Cup this year. This year Pakistan is the host so it is Pakistan’s call if they want to host the tournament or not,” the ACC said in a statement.