The coronavirus has had an adverse effect on all sectors of society. One of the major hit has been taken by the sports industry, as without some audience, there is no sporting events seems plausible. 2020 was supposed to be the year of some great cricket matches, but due to the global pandemic, the sporting world has come to a standstill.
Asia Cup was scheduled to take place in 2020 and it was suppose to be played in the T20 format citing the upcoming T20 World Cup. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been holding the Asia Cup every two years. The format of the tournament depends on the upcoming world event. In 2016, a T20 Asia Cup was organized preceding the T20 World Cup.
In 2018, the world had witnessed a 50-overs Asia Cup looking forward to the World Cup 2019. This year the tournament was going to be held in September. But, due to the growing number of cases of coronavirus patients, it seems that the tournament will be suspended this year. Recently, a BCCI official spoke about this in an interview.
AS per the quotes in Times of India, the BCCI official said, “Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that the 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 are also unknown.”
He further added, “The sports organization is 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.”
Talking to the media about the same, a PCB official said that they aren’t sure when the next meeting of the Asian Cricket Council will take place where the fate of the Asia Cup will be decided.