The Covid-19 pandemic has sent the entire Future Tours Programme (FTP) of the ICC for a tizzy and the worst part is that there is still no light visible at the end of this tunnel. It’s anybody’s guess as to how far away from normalcy the world is, however, there is no doubt about the fact that the cricketing world is in financial stress.
The ICC T20 World Cup is almost certain to be postponed, and the World Test Championship which was to conclude at Lord’s next summer isn’t looking probable either. The PCB which has agreed to send their players to the UK have reiterated their stance even after 10 players testing Covid positive. In fact, recently the CEO of PCB, Wasim Khan sounded quite upbeat about the Asia Cup.
Speaking to the media on the Asia Cup, Wasim said: “The Asia Cup will go ahead. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October. There are some things which will only get clear in the due course of time. We are hopeful of having the Asia Cup because Sri Lanka has not had too many cases of the coronavirus. If they can’t do it, then the UAE is also ready.”
However, the BCCI who are thinking of arranging the IPL in September-October tore into Wasim Khan and in fact asked him to reschedule the PSL next year in order to arrange for the Asia Cup. “Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” the functionary said as quoted by Outlook.