The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Asian Cricket Council to postpone its meeting. © AFP
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to postpone its meeting to finalize possible multiple venues for the T20 Asia Cup, which is supposed to be hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. With no possibility of India traveling to Pakistan in the prevailing political climate, the tournament was almost certain to be held again in the UAE.
However, due to COVID-19, ACC had to cancel its scheduled meeting earlier this month earlier, and they expected discussions to continue on the sidelines of the ICC meeting that will now take place via video link.
The ACC meeting has grown in importance after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly made it clear that India would not travel to Pakistan for the Asian Cup in September, but would be willing to play against them anywhere else.
Ganguly also made it clear that BCCI had no objection to Pakistan hosting the Asian Cup anywhere neutral.
Pakistan was also considering the option of requesting the ACC executive board to allow it to host some T20 Asia Cup matches against other teams such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or Afghanistan at home, even if it is decided to hold the tournament in a neutral location. .
“PCB’s position is that with international cricket slowly returning to Pakistan it could benefit from hosting few Asian Cup matches at home,” the source said.