Major sporting events across the globe continue to be cancelled to contain the spread of coronavirus. Add Asia Cup 2020 to the list as an unnamed BCCI official has made all but certain that the biannual event set to be played in the latter half will be cancelled. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
“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,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. “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.” Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis
The official further stated that sports organisations have been hit by the economic slowdown triggered by coronavirus that has tipped the world upside down with several countries announcing complete lockdown. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Due to it, almost all major ongoing tournaments have been halted while the upcoming ones postponed indefinitely.
“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 said.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said decision on Asia Cup’s fate will be taken at the next Asian Cricket Council meeting. “We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” the PCB official told IANS.
There was already controversy surrounding Asia Cup with the event scheduled to be played in Pakistan. Due to the heightened diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the bilateral cricketing ties between them have been suspended.
With India refusing to tour Pakistan, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said the tournament will be moved to Dubai, a claim refuted later by the PCB.