Pakistan Cricket Board Agrees to Swap Asia Cup 2020 Rights with Sri Lanka
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have agreed to trade their Asia Cup hosting rights, which would enable the islanders to host the 2020 competition rather than Pakistan.
The 2020 Asia Cup was basically scheduled to be hosted by the PCB in Pakistan, but when India denied making the short trip, UAE was mooted as an option.
Though, in a recent video conference of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), Sri Lanka was recommended as a better alternative than UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Asia Cup is scheduled to require place in September with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bearing the responsibility of hosting it. But it’s set to be shifted to a different country considering that India wouldn’t visit Pakistan.
Sri Lanka Cricket chief Shammi Silva has claimed that both the PCB and the ACC agree with their proposal.
It is understood that the ACC will await the ICC’s decision on the T20 World Cup in Australia (October-November) before taking a turn the Asia Cup.
It is pertinent to say here that Sri Lanka has not been hit as hard by COVID-19 as a number of the opposite nations, including the UAE.
According to sources within the PCB, the 2 boards have decided to exchange their tournament – a deal that might see this year’s Asia Cup staged in Sri Lanka , with the PCB claiming the next tournament.
The PCB purportedly agreed to make the exchange due to its desire to see the cricket activities resume.
The swap will be officially announced in the next meeting of the ACC.