A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to postpone the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), in order to make space for the Asia Cup next year.
The PSL takes place every year in the February-March window and this year’s edition was suspended just before the playoffs due to the novel (Covid-19) pandemic. The PCB is keen to stage the knockout stage of PSL 5 in November.
While speaking to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), the BCCI functionary said that the September or October window this year for Asia Cup doesn’t suit the Indian board.
“Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” the functionary said as quoted by Outlook.
Pakistan is the designated host for this year’s Asia Cup, but the PCB is looking to swap the hosting rights with Sri Lanka.
The PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in his interaction with media confirmed the board’s interest in staging the tournament this year.
Wasim Khan, the CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has marked a full stop over his saying that ‘Asia Cup will go ahead’.
The CEO does not want any further cancelations in cricket series, leagues, tournaments hence, has revealed that the ACC’s tournament shall go ahead either in Sri Lanka or in UAE.
As BCCI and PCB have developed political tensions over time, India Cricket Team won’t be visiting Pakistan for Asia Cup. Subsequently, Pakistan is to be deprived of its Asia cup’s hosting rights and has swiped the rights with Sri Lanka.
Along with Sri Lanka, UAE is also expected to hold the mega-event for the Asian countries. Wasim says as the number of cases of the Covid in Sri Lanka is slightly low, the event can be organized there. Mentioning a case if SLC denies, he mentioned UAE is another possible venue that has the right to host the event.
“The Asia Cup will go ahead. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October. There are some things which will only get clear in the due course of time. We are hopeful of having the Asia Cup because Sri Lanka has not had too many cases of the Covid. If they can’t do it, then UAE is also ready,” he was quoted as said.
Earlier, Wasim mentioned that IPL, as a domestic season, shall not get preference over ACC’s event. Being aggressive, he maintained PCB is not in favor of supporting such a decision.