In view of the coronavirus situation, the Asian Cricket Committee (ACC) Executive Board has decided to postpone the next Asian Cup Championship in September 2020.
In a statement issued by ACC, it stated that the board is keen to organize the competition according to the original schedule. However, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements for specific countries, basic health risks and requirements to stay away from society are huge challenges for hosting the Asian Cup. Most importantly, the board considers the risks associated with the health and safety of participants, support staff, business partners, fans and the cricket community to be significant.
Therefore, after seriously considering all the above factors, the Council decided to postpone the 2020 Asian Cup. Organizing the event in a responsible manner remains ACC’s priority, and the board hopes that the event will be held in 2021. ACC is currently working hard to hold the Olympic Games in June 2021.
It may also be noted that the Pakistan Cricket Committee (PCB), the host country of the 2020 Asian Cup, has exchanged the right to host the tournament with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Through this arrangement, SLC will now host the Asian Cup scheduled for re-arrangement in June 2021, while PCB will host the Asian Cup 2022.