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“we don’t know if it can be held or not” : PCB chairman Ehsan Mani Updates on Asia Cup 2020

The out break of corona virus made almost every event to postpone from it’s scheduled date. The deadly virus mark its presence in every nook and corner of the world and made the peoples to panic in fear.

IPL Postponed amid COVID19

This deadly virus made the BCCI to postpone the cash rich Indian Premier League from it’s actual date. The 13th edition of IPL was planned to start from March 29 with it’s opening match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

As the Indian government extend the lock down till May 3, the execution of postponed IPL gets in oscillation. BCCI seeks it’s all possible ways to host the tournament in order to prevent the huge loss which could make a dent in Indian economy.

The another major event of the year 2020 too face the same fate. The Asia cup was scheduled to begin in September. The host Pakistan decide to organise the event in UAE. The PCB states that talks of making changes in its dates are doing the rounds.

Earlier Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has provided an update on the probable future of the Asia Cup amid coronavirus outbreak across the globe.

PCB’s Update on Asia cup 2020

“I have read and heard about these speculations but right now just remember that having or not having the Asia Cup is not a decision between Pakistan and India it involves other countries as well,” asserted Mani on Tuesday.

Pakistan were initially to host the event, but the location was shifted to Dubai and Abu Dhabi after India expressed reluctance to travel to the neighbouring country owing to security concerns.

“…it is important to have the Asia Cup if cricket activities resume by then because the development of Asian cricket depends on funding from the tournament. It is important for many countries who are members of the Asian Cricket Council,” he added in a podcast released by the PCB.

However, Mani also conceded that holding the Asia Cup this year is a big challenge because “we don’t know if it can be held or not.”

“But if the conditions change and we can have the Asia Cup, it must be held as earnings from it are distributed as development funds to member countries for next two years,” he said.

“The financial impact will be felt by many countries if the ICC can’t distribute their shares from the tournament. Many countries including Pakistan will feel the pinch,” he admitted.

Mani confirmed that Pakistan was to receive around USD 7 to 8 million in June and January.

“Pakistan is fortunate it has good financial controls in place and in short term, it will be better off than most countries if the lockdowns continue because of the coronavirus pandemic,” he claimed. “We are to get 7 to 8 Million dollars from the ICC in June but we know they might not come so we have planned accordingly,” he added.

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