The decisive scenario for the Asia Cup 2020 was deferred for so long. Finally, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has revealed that the Asia Cup has been called off.
The meeting took place on Thursday, 9th July, where it has also been decided that the tournament can be staged in June 2021.
However, according to the existing schedule that has been expired after the tournament has been called off, it was all set to be kicked off by September 2020.
Travel restrictions and the correlative factors might be the significant obstacles in holding the tournament amidst the rising cases of Coronavirus. The decision has been made considering all the problematic scenarios, and according to ACC, it will be significant for the relative community.
Asia Cup 2020 called off, to be staged in June 2021
“Travel restrictions, country-specific quarantine requirements, fundamental health risks, and social distancing mandates have posed as substantial challenges to holding the Asia Cup,” read a statement from the ACC. “Above all, the risks related to health and safety of participating players, support staff and commercial partners, fans, and the cricketing community were deemed to be significant.”
Notably, the tournament could have been staged at Sri Lanka as Pakistan swapped the hosting rights as a consequence of Indo-Pak tensions. Earlier, in 2018, UAE got the hosting rights. With the passing time, the decision over the venue will also be taken.
It is to be noted that Afghanistan and one Asian qualifier were all set to take part in the Asian tournament.