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Pakistan swap Asia Cup 2020 hosting rights with Sri Lanka

Dixit Bhargav

Pakistan swap Asia Cup 2020 hosting rights with Sri Lanka

Pakistan swap Asia Cup 2020 hosting rights with Sri Lanka: This year’s Asia Cup will now be played in the island nation.

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup which is scheduled to be played in September this year will now be played at a different venue as original hosts Pakistan have swapped hosting rights with Sri Lanka.

While this year’s tournament will be played in Sri Lanka, Pakistan have acquired the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2022 which was originally slated to be played in Sri Lanka.

The venue of this year’s Asia Cup has been in the news since January after a source in privy to the BCCI opened up on India’s bleak chances of traveling to Pakistan as they had the hosting rights then.

The matter had even invited a response from the Asian Cricket Council and it seemed that the tournament might shift to a neutral venue (presumably UAE).

Pakistan swap Asia Cup 2020 hosting rights with Sri Lanka

Considering India and Pakistan’s sour political relations, the Indian team touring Pakistan appears to be a distant reality. With Pakistan having started to host international cricket, they were expected to express concerns with respect to the tournament being played at a neutral venue.

Another reason why the hosting rights have been given to Sri Lanka during ACC’s recent meeting is the improved COVID-19 situation in the island nation. It is due to the same reason that Sri Lanka had offered BCCI to host the 13th season of the Indian Premier League.

Talking about international cricket, Sri Lanka are also confident that India’s delayed tour of Sri Lanka will be conducted in August. If SLC manages to convince the BCCI regarding the same, it might see India playing two tournaments in Sri Lanka.

While the fixtures of the Asia Cup are yet to be confirmed, there is a possibility that the same might collide with IPL 2020 as IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel disclosed yesterday that the board is eyeing the September-October window to conduct the cash-rich league provided if the ICC T20 World Cup gets postponed.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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