Off The Field

Rashid Latif takes on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Written by Abhishek Patil

A day before Asian Cricket Council (ACC) officially cancelled Asia Cup 2020, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had already revealed that the tournament won’t take place this year. His comments didn’t go down well with Pakistan Cricket Board and a few cricketers.

While PCB said that Ganguly’s statement doesn’t hold merit, former Rashid Latif has said that Ganguly showing undue power will hurt Asian countries. Latif took to Twitter and also tagged Ganguly and other cricketing boards in his post.

“Whether the Asia Cup is canceled or not can be decided by the Asian Cricket Council. Showing undue power will only hurt Asian countries, @Sganguly99 should pay attention to Indian cricket and IPL . @TheRealPCBMedia @BCCI #AsiaCup @BCBtigers @OfficialSLC @ACBofficials,” he wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, ACC officially cancelled Asia Cup 2020 due to health risks, travel restrictions and other reasons. “Accordingly, the Board, after careful consideration of all the above factors, has determined that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed. Conducting the event in a responsible manner remains the priority of the ACC and the Board is hopeful that the tournament will be held in 2021. The ACC is currently working towards securing June 2021 as a suitable window for the same,” a part of PCB’s statement read.

PCB was scheduled to host the multi-team in September. The tournament was to be played in a T20 format due to the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in October-November.

ACC also confirmed that Sri Lanka will host Asia Cup 2021. The tournament is likely to be played in 20-over format only. In 2022/23 though, ACC is likely to stage the tournament in a 50-over format.

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