BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Asia Cup 2020 which was initially scheduled to be held in Pakistan has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates after India expressed concerns about playing in Pakistan.
Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly said that the tournament would be held in Dubai, making it convenient for both countries to participate. “Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play,” he told reporters on Friday.
The former Indian captain has made it absolutely clear that defending champions India will not play if the tournament is held in Pakistan. Security concerns amid ongoing tensions between the neighbours, which has escalated since the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, can be inferred to be the reason.
Pakistan has not been a preferred host for tournaments since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore. A bus carrying players was shot at by gunmen.
The last edition, held in 2018, was also hosted by the UAE with Dubai and Abu Dhabi serving as venues. Now, Ganguly will head to Dubai to attend the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on March 3.
Another reason of concern is the coronavirus, which has spread to other countries from China. So until the situation is brought under control in the coming months, the viability of Asia Cup – which is scheduled to be held in September – remains a probability.
With inputs from agencies