According to a report, Pakistan have offered to swap the Asia Cup hosting rights with Sri Lanka.© AFP
Sri Lanka will likely host the Asia Cup 2020 if the tournament goes ahead this year as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to swap hosting years. Although it is technically Pakistan’s turn to host the Asia Cup this year, the PCB offered the Sri Lankan board to do a swap at an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting earlier this week, with SLC handing over hosting rights for the 2022 Asia Cup, ESPNcricinfo reported. However, the ACC’s executive council has not approved the swap of host nations yet but is expected to confirm hosting plans before the end of the month.
The two reasons behind the exchange of hosting years are the present relations between India and Pakistan are not very good and secondly, the coronavirus pandemic is under control in the Island nation.
There is, however, substantial doubt if the tournament will go ahead as planned, largely due to the restrictions and logistical hurdles posed by the pandemic.
Sri Lanka has not hosted an Asia Cup since 2010 and will look to grab the opportunity to attract the home crowd. India are the defending champions of the tournament.
On June 9, the Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) met via a video conference and decided to take the final decision on Asia Cup 2020 in due course.
On Thursday, India postponed their Sri Lanka tour citing travel restrictions owing to coronavirus pandemic. The Indian cricket team was slated to tour Sri Lanka later this month to play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
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