Major T20I tournament gets postponed, likely to be held next year

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani had earlier said that Pakistan doesn't have the time for the Asia Cup this year due to PSL-6 matches.
Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 13 April 2021 11:51 am

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Asia Cup has been postponed to 2022. The fifteenth version of the event was initially scheduled to be held in Pakistan in 2020. Later, the venue was shifted from Pakistan to Sri Lanka due to tensions between India and Pakistan.

However, the event had to be postponed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And later, the T20 World Cup also suffered the same fate. India later acquired the rights to host the T20 World Cup while Asia Cup was scheduled to be played in June in Sri Lanka. But the PCB have now confirmed that the tournament has been postponed once again and will now take place in 2022.

“PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani briefed the BoG on matters relating to the International Cricket Council as well as this year’s ICC T20 World Cup and the ACC Asia Cup, which has now been postponed to 2022,” a statement from the PCB said.

We are very busy and don’t have time to spare this year- Ehsan Mani

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani had earlier stated that Pakistan doesn’t have the time for the Asia Cup this year due to PSL-6 matches. India will also be busy with the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.

“There is no question of the Asia Cup being held this year as we are very busy and don’t have time to spare.

“There was a small window in June in which we are going to play the rest of the Pakistan Super League matches,” Mani said.