BCCI President Sourav Ganguly declared that the upcoming edition of Asia Cup, slated to be in the month of September has been officially cancelled. The decision comes ahead of a reported meeting of the Asian Cricket Council on Thursday.
In an Instagram chat with Vikrant Gupta, Ganguly said, “Asia Cup has been cancelled,”
However, he did not reveal whether the decision was taken collectively by the ACC or not. The confusion stems even further as the cricketing boards of Pakistan and Bangladesh revealed that they had no idea whether such a decision has been made.
The tournament was already involved in a slew of controversies as India initially refused to participate upon learning that the event would be hosted by Pakistan. The venue was then changed to the United Arab Emirates for the second time in a row after BCCI agreed to participate in a neutral venue.
Moreover, with the Asia Cup seemingly off the calendar now, it now provides the BCCI with an even wider frame of window to host the IPL. Ganguly stated that the fate of IPL depends on ICC stance on hosting the T20 World Cup. He said:
“(If the T20 World Cup gets cancelled) then we will try everything to stage the IPL. It is very important for Indian cricket. We will try to host it in India,” said Ganguly.
“The cancellation of T20 World Cup will happen soon because all countries are asking for a direction from ICC. We’ll know by mid-July. My gut-feeling is saying it’s tough.”
The fate of the global competition is set to be declared on July 17 when the ICC converge to take the decision. Cricket Australia president Earl Eddings had earlier stated that the status of the tournament looks bleak as of now. He said:
“It’s a bit of a moving feast at the moment. I’d say it’s unlikely, while it hasn’t been formally called off this year or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world where most countries are still going through Covid-19 spiking is very, very difficult,”