The Asia Cup 2020 is set to go ahead as planned later this year in either Sri Lanka or the UAE, according to Pakistan Cricket Board CEO, Wasim Khan.
Khan bashed all speculations about the event getting called off to make space for the currently suspended Indian Premier League.
“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. 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,” said Khan in a media conference.
Khan said Pakistan, the original host of the event, had agreed to let Sri Lanka host the mega-event in return for hosting the next regional event. He also added that the PCB is currently analysing different options to play cricket in the window for the T20 World Cup if it failes to go through in its original october-november window.
“We are to go to New Zealand in December after hosting Zimbabwe at home. South Africa are ready to tour in January-February to play two or three Tests and some T20 matches,” revealed Khan.
Khan also spoke about the board currently trying to set November as a possible window for the completition of the inconclusive Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 5.
Asked about the steps being taken to criminalise match-fixing offences in Pakistan, the PCB official said he was surprised that until today no one from the board had gone to the government and tried to get a legislation against the menace.
“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 are found guilty of corruption.,” he said. On cricket ties with India, the PCB official was very clear 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,” he said.
“…the PCB has done its contingency planning and looked at our financial affairs for next two to three years. We are also trying to diversify our commercial streams so that we are not reliant only on ICC shares,” Khan concluded.