BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, on Wednesday (July 8), announced that the Asia Cup 2020 has been canceled. The announcement comes ahead of a scheduled Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on July 9.
“Asia Cup has been cancelled,” Ganguly said, without elaborating if this was a decision taken by the ACC, in an Instagram chat with Vikrant Gupta.
When contacted, officials from Pakistan Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed that they were not aware of such a move from the Asian Cricket Council.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not yet made any announcement regarding the tournament’s cancellation.
The BCCI had earlier stated that it didn’t have a problem with Pakistan hosting the Asia Cup, as long as it was held at a neutral venue.
“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,” added Ganguly.
Ganguly also reiterated the BCCI’s stance that the IPL can happen after a decision is announced by the ICC on the fate of the World T20.
“The cancellation of T20 World Cup will happen soon because all countries are asking for a direction from ICC. We’ll know by mid-July. My gut-feeling is saying it’s tough.”
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) met last month to decide on the road ahead for the continental event but no decision was taken.
India has the third largest load of coronavirus cases with more than 7.5 lakh infections reported so far.
In the same show, the former skipper was asked about when the Indian team will be seen in action next. The Virat Kohli-led team last played in March.
“It is tough to say now as no one knows when the virus situation improves. Our preparations are in place but we can only implement them on the ground. Stadiums are open but players are not going to train there because chances of getting infected are high,” said Ganguly.
“So, we can start when the situation improves and we are not in a hurry. Players’ safety is paramount. It is tough when there is no cricket for five six months but it is a crisis. There is no target (for resumption), we are taking it day by day.”
Talking about the IPL, Ganguly said: “I don’t know about the IPL also, getting a window is important.
“T20 World Cup is there, the ICC is trying to make it happen as it generates a lot of revenue for them. Unless we get clear cut directions from the ICC, we can’t say anything about the IPL.”
Ganguly said if the T20 Word Cup in Australia is cancelled, the BCCI will put all its energies on staging the IPL. The BCCI will lose around Rs 4000 crore if the league doesn’t take place.
“It is a very important tournament for India. Our target is to host it in India across four-five venues. If not, then having it overseas is an option,” he added.