BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday announced cancellation of the Asia Cup T20, scheduled to be held in September, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asia Cup was supposed to happen in Pakistan however due to the pandemic they swapped it with Sri Lanka. However, now, Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the tournament will not happen.
“Asia Cup cancel ho chuka hai, jo September me tha (Asia Cup, which was to be held in September, has been cancelled),” Ganguly told sports tak in an instagram live session.
PCB chief Ehsan Mani said the decision was made due to the worsening pandemic.
“The Asian Cricket Council is looking at organising it next year. It is too dangerous to host it this year We had swapped the event with Sri Lanka this year because it is one of the least affected (in South Asia) from the virus,” the veteran administrator told PTI.
He also confirmed that this is all due to the safety of the players. Also, Pakistan is looking host 2022 tournament with Sri Lanka bidding to host for next year.
Now that Asia Cup is cancelled and T20 World Cup is unlikely to happen, there is a great chance that IPL might happen fully-fledged.
Taking about the same, Ganguly said that it is important to get the window and also, if IPL did not happen, BCCI will lose 4000 crores.
“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.
Talking about the return of the game in India, Ganguly said that it is highly impossible right now due to the number of cases. The safety of the players is more important, he said.