Pakistan to host 2020 Asia Cup

Ruben Hill
December 14, 2018

Pakistan, which is supposed to host the Asia Cup in September 2020, have been told by BCCI to change the venue for the event.

Mayank Markande spun a web around the Pakistani batsmen to help India thrash arch-rivals by seven wickets in the semi-finals of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Colombo on Thursday.

If the situation in Pakistan, or Pakistan's relationship with India, does not improve between now and then, it would seem logical for the tournament to be held in the UAE, the PCB's de factor home ground since 2010. The tournament hosted by the BCCI was forced to be staged in the UAE after Pakistan's refusal to travel to India owing to the ongoing political tensions between the two nations.

The 2020 edition of the Asia Cup will be held in the month of September, just a month before the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and played in the T20 format. The two countries have only faced off each other in regional and global tournaments since a brief bilateral series in 2012-13.

Cricketing relations further soured when PCB sought compensation amounting to Rs 447 crore from BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series over the course of eight years between 2015 and 2023.

The 2008 visit, incidentally, was also for the Asia Cup, and the last time Pakistan held a multi-nation competition.

In this scenario, PCB has to either decide UAE as the venue for the tournament in 2020 or lose out on India's participation and the massive financial cream that comes with it.

The 2018 has been a good year for Pakistani cricket-lovers as the global cricket has slowly returned to the country after the Lahore terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. In the last year, Lahore has hosted T20Is against Sri Lanka and a World XI while West Indies played a series in Karachi in April this year.

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