BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020

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The BCCI has recently expressed their surprise over reports that the Asia Cup is being shifted to Sri Lanka later this year, as per the Times of India. Reports came that it was decided after the ACC meeting last week and PCB and SLC agreed to swap the place of the tournament.

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After the ACC meeting, SLC chief Shammi Silva had told, “We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation. We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament.”

To reply on this, a BCCI official said, “We have no idea where such reports are coming from and we’re surprised how fast these reports travel. The BCCI is clear that no decision was taken at the ACC meeting. The Board (BCCI) is tired of giving out these clarifications. Earlier it was about travelling to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and BCCI had to deny it with a statement. Now this.”

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As the entire world has been fighting against the global pandemic novel coronavirus, all the sporting events have either been cancelled or postponed which also included the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. However, the official further said that this year’s IPL won’t be a curtailed one because of the Asia Cup.

“Let’s be clear about that first. There won’t be a truncated IPL just to host an Asia Cup. Those thinking on such lines are clearly not speaking in India’s interests and the BCCI will not be party to it,” sources further shared.

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“Even the World Cup in England was a loss-making event for the broadcaster and we’re talking about an Asia Cup here. The IPL is a different beast altogether. Who’re these people who refuse to understand the numbers? It’s in Indian cricket’s best interests to host the IPL. What are we going to cater to? India’s interests or PCB’s interests?” it added again.

Since the situation is better in a few nations, Cricket Australia has announced their upcoming fixtures. India will tour to Australia later this year for an entire series. However, the source also spoke about a prospective India-South Africa series as well.

“Yes, India and South Africa were in talks to host a series there (in SA). These talks were first initiated when Graeme Smith took charge at Cricket South Africa (CSA) and came to India in February. But that was then. Covid changes everything,” said the source.

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