Yesterday, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official 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.
According to BCCI official 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,” BCCI official said while speaking to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).
Now, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that they will not postpone the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) to make space for Asia Cup next year.
According to sources in the PCB, the board is hopeful of staging the Asia Cup this year at a neutral venue and are not even considering the option presented by a BCCI official through Indian media.
Earlier, 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.
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.
Whereas, the BCCI is banking on the postponement of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia in October, inorder to clear up the window for Indian Premier League (IPL), which was postponed in April this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.