May 29, 2019

Pakistan to host Asia Cup T20I in Sep. 2020

The Asia Cup T20I will be hosted by Pakistan in 2020 as decided in a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council held in Singapore.

The Asia Cup next year, which will it its 15th edition, will be played in the T20I format and is slated to take place in September before the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia in October later that year.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the top Asian countries in cricket – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Pakistan was represented at the meeting by chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani and Managing Director PCB Wasim Khan.

India are the defending champions of the Asia Cup. With tensions between India and Pakistan at an all-time high it will be interesting to note India’s stance in playing in Pakistan.

India have not played a bilateral ODI series against Pakistan since 2013, when Pakistan toured India. They last played in the Asia Cup in 2018, in a 50-over format, in the UAE. India beat Pakistan during the tournament and went on to lift the trophy beating Bangladesh in the final.

With the 26/11 Mumbai attack and more recently the Uri attack and the Pulwama attacks, India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads and it is unlikely that cricket between the two nations will resume in the near future, let alone India travelling to Pakistan to defend the Asia Cup.