NEW DELHI: India s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly said the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament has been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The event, which had Pakistan as original hosts, was scheduled for September with the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka frontrunners to stage the tournament.
“Asia Cup has been cancelled. It was due in September,” Ganguly, who turned 48 on Wednesday, said in an instagram chat with an Indian television station.
Ganguly s statement comes after Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said last month the Asia Cup would go ahead as scheduled in either Sri Lanka or the UAE.
The tournament was not to be held in Pakistan due to India s refusal to tour the country over political tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
The International Cricket Council this month will also decide on the future of the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for October-November in Australia.
If these tournaments are scrapped, it will pave the way for this season s lucrative Indian Premier League — which was postponed amid the nationwide lockdown – to find new dates.
“We don t know when will IPL happen because it is difficult to get a window,” said Ganguly.
“ICC is trying that World T20 takes place in October. Because ICC generates a lot of revenue from this.
“Till the time we get clear cut directions from ICC we cannot talk about IPL. Because we don t have a window as we travel to Australia in December.”