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Asia Cup would go ahead according to the original schedule: PCB CEO Wasim Khan

Asia Cup Would go Ahead According to the Original Schedule: PCB
Asia Cup Would go Ahead According to the Original Schedule: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board CEO confirmed that the Asia Cup would go ahead according to the original schedule. The venue would be either Sri Lanka or the UAE which will be soon revealed in due course of time.

Asia Cup is on

Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO rejected the speculation of the Asia Cup getting scrapped to make a window for the Indian Premier League. In a media conference, he said, “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.”

He further added that in case Sri Lanka could not manage to host the event, the UAE would. “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 the UAE is also ready.”

Wasim Khan further shared plans of the PCB of playing cricket in the window of the T20 World Cup if the ICC event gets cancelled. “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.”

No India-Pakistan for the time being

While speaking about the chances of playing cricket against India, he said that in the current situation it would not be possible to have a face-off between these two rivals. “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.”

Khan disclosed that the board had revised its budget because of the pandemic situation and explained, “…the PCB has done its contingency planning and looked at our financial affairs for the next two to three years. We are also trying to diversify our commercial streams so that we are not reliant only on ICC shares.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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