ACC Meeting: Possible venues for Asia Cup discussed, no final decision

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) met via a video conference on Monday and India was represented by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. The fate of this years Asia Cup was discussed and it was decided that the final decision would be taken in due course with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic.

The ACC in the release said: “High on the agenda were matters relating to the scheduled events of the ACC. In particular, the board emphasised on the importance of holding the Asia Cup 2020. In light of the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, possible venue options for the Asia Cup 2020 were discussed and it was decided to take the final decision in due course.

“The Board was also apprised of the status and progress of the ACC’s involvement with the Asian Games
2022 in Hangzhou, China. The board noted with satisfaction the ongoing activities and initiatives of the ACC. The meeting was chaired by the ACC President Nazmul Hassan. Attending for the first time were Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah.”

Earlier, a BCCI official had said that it looked difficult that the event would take place in September this year with an eye on the pandemic. In fact, the World T20 in Australia is almost certain to be postponed when the ICC Board Meeting takes place on Wednesday.

“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn’t a possibility. The extent of the impact of the Covid-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown.

“The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them,” the official had said.

–IANS
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