Asia Cup 2021 is finally postponed as the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) verifies wrenching headline for the cricketing fraternity via a tweet. They write that the event cannot impel ahead after assessing the bustling schedule of the Asian teams and the COVID surge.
Notably, the event was originally scheduled for August 2020 but it had to be called off following the cancelation of the ICC T20 World Cup giving a full window to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
The principal hosts for the event were Pakistani venues but due to the BCCI’s denial of voyaging Pakistan, Sri Lanka got the virtues to schedule the season. However, with the adjournment, it was decided that the event will recommence by 2021.
Later, June being chosen as the feasible window, could not progress ahead as the Asian teams prefer progressing with their aborted series, matches of 2020. Also, the nations have elected their schedule for their respective T20 leagues.
In the meantime, Pakistan will be advancing the remaining matches of the HBL PSL 6 from 1st June. The men in green’s participation in the ACC’s event was already jeopardized according to Ehsan Mani’s statements. You can see the details here.
Along with it, India, being a primary partaker of the Asia Cup, will be barring the horns with Kane Williamson and co in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also will be adorning for their T20 leagues.
When will Asia Cup 2021 take place now? Reveals ACC
The ACC Executive Board after careful evaluation has made the decision to postpone the 2021 edition of the Asia Cup to 2023.— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) May 23, 2021
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ACC had made the difficult decision to postpone the Asia Cup 2020 to 2021. Since then, the ACC has been working with its participants and stakeholders to try and ensure that the event is held in the year.”
However, on account of a packed FTP, it has been concluded that there is no practical window in the year when all the teams would be available to participate. The Board has accordingly considered the matter very carefully and determined that the only way ahead would be to postpone the event.”
In short, the Asian teams’ cricket programs majorly collapse with that of the Asia Cup, hence, the ACC got no choice, but to move it to another year. As of now, the competition will be holding place in 2023.
It would therefore only be feasible for this edition of the tournament to be held in 2023 as there is already an Asia Cup in 2022. Dates for the same will be confirmed in due course.”