Sri Lanka Cricket Chief: “PCB agrees to Sri Lanka hosting the Asia Cup 2020!”

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Recently the executive board of the ACC has delayed its decision on the fate of T20 Asia Cup 2020 by offering Sri Lanka to host the event & claims that the original hosts Pakistan has agreed to the proposal.

Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Shammi Silva has claimed that the PCB as well as the ACC are in agreement that the island nation can host the tournament. The event is scheduled to be held in September and while it is the PCB’s turn to host, shifting it to another country seems inevitable considering that India would not travel to Pakistan due to security concerns.

“We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation,” Shammi Silva was quoted as saying by Sri Lankan media outlet ”Ceylon Today”.

He further added, “We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament”. It is understood that the ACC will wait for the ICC’s decision on the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia before taking a decision on the Asia Cup.

“The Board emphasized the importance of holding the Asia Cup 2020. In light of the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, possible venue options for the Asia Cup 2020 were discussed and it was decided to take the final decision in due course,” an ACC press release stated which was released after the meeting on Monday.

The ACC board meeting was chaired by Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Papon and it was the first continental meeting which was attended by the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly & Secretary Jay Shah.

A senior ACC Official privy to developments said there were discussions going on about the postponement of the Asia Cup but no decision could be taken yet as far as the alternate dates were concerned. Among other topics discussed was the ACC’s involvement in the 2022 Asian Games in China.