Asia Cup 2020, which was originally scheduled for September this year, has been cancelled, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed on Thursday.
We are hoping to stage the Twenty20 competition which will feature six countries scheduled in June next year, the ACC said in a statement.
“From the onset, the ACC was keen on organising the tournament as per the original schedule. However, travel restrictions, country-specific quarantine requirements… have posed substantial challenges to the holding of the Asia Cup,” the ACC said.
“Above all, the risks related to health and safety of participating players, support staff, commercial partners, fans and the cricketing community were deemed to be significant.
“Accordingly, the Board, after careful consideration of all the above factors, has determined that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed.”
Pakistan, who were set to host the tournament this year in the United Arab Emirates, have exchanged hosting rights with Sri Lanka, who will stage next year`s event, while the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the 2022 edition.