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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Asia Cup 2020 will be held in UAE or Sri Lanka, says PCB CEO

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan says Asia Cup will be held on September or October this year, after Pakistan cricket team returns from England tour. It may be held at UAE or Sri Lanka, that will be decided by the PCB later.

Asia Cup 2020
Asia Cup 2020

In May 2019, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have confirmed that Pakistan will host the tournament. The decision to host the tournament in Pakistan raised the doubts of India's participation in Asia Cup 2020 because of the ongoing political tensions between the countries. In June 2020, following a meeting with Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that they would be willing to let Sri Lanka host the tournament. Now PCB have announced that if Sri Lanka is not willing to host also, then UAE Cricket Board is also ready to host Asia Cup 2020.

"The Asia Cup will go ahead. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October," the Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan said at media conference in Karachi.

"There are some things which will only get clear in the due course of time. We are hopeful of having the Asia Cup because Sri Lanka has not had too many cases of the coronavirus. If they can't do it, then UAE is also ready." he added. Wasim Khan also said that Pakistan had agreed to let Sri Lanka conduct it in return for hosting the next regional event. He also confirmed that the Pakistan Board is working on options to play cricket in the window for T20 World Cup if it doesn't go ahead as planned in October-November.

When asking about cricket ties with India, the official have said that there was no possibility of bilateral series with India in the immediate future. "Sadly we need to forget about playing India for the time being. It is sad for us and even the BCCI as they have to get permission from their government. It is not realistic for either side right now to think about playing against each other," the PCB official said.

When asked about the steps being taken to criminalize match fixing offences in Pakistan, the official said that,"Look the only way people will listen is when they know there is a jail sentence and they have to face the courts if they found guilty of corruption."

The PCB CEO Wasim Khan also said that the board had revised its annual budget because of the situation created by COVID-19 pandemic and reduced expenses by around Rs one billion. He added that,"the PCB has done its contingency planning and looked at our financial affairs for next 2-3 years. We are also trying to diversify our commercial streams so that we are not reliant only on ICC shares."

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