The Asia Cup has been postponed to June 2021 and definitely not cancelled, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Wednesday.
“During the last Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, it was mutually decided to postpone the Asia Cup to June 2021. Also, Sri Lanka will be hosting the tournament, as the original host Pakistan has already given the assurance” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
The top SLC official also said that they are not aware of such a move from the ACC, so are not in a position to make any comment about Ganguly announcement about cancellation of the tournament.
“As for as we knows, the dates of the Asia cup are likely to be decided during next ACC meeting on July 9 (tomorrow). We don’t know why Mr. Ganguly has made such statement just a day before the ACC meeting” top SLC official added further.
The SLC confirmation came just few hours after Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President, announced that the Asia Cup 2020 has been cancelled.
“Asia Cup has been cancelled,” Ganguly said, without elaborating if the decision was taken by the ACC.
In an Instagram chat with News Channel Aaj Tak, Ganguly said: “It’s difficult to say which will be India’s first international series. We’ve done our preparations but we can’t do much till we know the government rules. We are not in a hurry because the health of players is of the utmost importance. We are monitoring things monthly.”
The tournament was set to be held in the United Arab Emirates in September this year. Pakistan were to host the tournament but India weren’t willing to travel to Pakistan. The BCCI had earlier stated that it didn’t have a problem with Pakistan hosting the Asia Cup, as long as it was held at a neutral venue.