Sourav Ganguly confirms cancellation of Asia Cup: The President of the BCCI has ruled out this year’s Asia Cup.
BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that this year’s Asia Cup has been cancelled. The tournament has become yet another high-profile tournament to face the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan in September, the rights of hosting the tournament were swapped by PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) with SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket).
Considering India and Pakistan’s sour political relations, it was almost impossible for the Indian team to tour Pakistan. With Pakistan having started to host international cricket, playing the tournament at a neutral venue didn’t seem to be an option for them either.
Sourav Ganguly confirms cancellation of Asia Cup
Ganguly, who is celebrating his 48th birthday today, confirmed the development while speaking to illustrious journalist Vikrant Gupta during an Instagram live session. Other than talking about the Asia Cup, Ganguly also expressed uncertainty over when and against whom would India play their next international series.
“Asia Cup has been cancelled. It’s difficult to say which will be India’s first international series. We’ve done our preparations but we can’t do much till we know the government rules. We are not in a hurry because the health of players is of the utmost importance. We are monitoring things monthly,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to Gupta.
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 8, 2020
Other than the Asia Cup, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is also expected to be postponed sometime this month. The dual cancellations give the BCCI a more than two-month long slot to conduct the 13th season of the Indian Premier League which was originally slated to be commenced from March 29.