Coronavirus: No decision on 2020 Asia Cup suspension

Senior cricket officials yet to meet to determine whether the tournament will still go ahead in September.

Pakistan.- The decision over the future of the 2020 Asia Cup hangs in the balance according to a senior cricket official.

“Pakistan Cricket Board Chief, Ehsan Mani, told Sportstar that “nothing has been decided in regards to the suspension or cancellation of the tournament which is due to take place in September.

“There has not been any discussion on the matter yet. Nothing has been decided,” Mani said.

Major sporting events like the Olympic Games and EURO 2020 have been postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, while other events have been cancelled completely.

Official hosting rights for this year’s tournament are with the Pakistan Cricket Board. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to send its players to Pakistan, so there was a possibility that the Asia Cup could have been played at a neutral venue.

Earlier this month, a meeting was scheduled in Dubai for the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) to decide the future of the 2020 Asia Cup but was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead, it was confirmed that the meeting was postponed to later this month, but it is still yet to take place. 

“We haven’t decided on a date for the meeting either. The ACC is monitoring the situation and will take a call accordingly,” Mani said.

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