BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirms that Asia Cup 2020 will be cancelled due to Covid-19.
Sourav Ganguly, president of the Control Board for Cricket in India ( BCCI) on Wednesday announced that this year's Asia Cup 2020 cricket tournament will not be played due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ganguly was asked about Indian cricket and when will the fans see Virat Kohli 's team back on the field to which he replied it's really hard to guess when this will happen.
"It's very hard to tell which series India will play first. No one knows when the coronavirus epidemic will end. We can just wait and watch.
"We 're completely ready for when cricket resumes in India but implementation can only be done on the ground. Stadiums were also open now but players aren't going there because of the virus threat. We 're not in a hurry to resume cricket in India.
"Player wellbeing comes first, even though for 5-6 months we have no cricket, it's good. We have never seen a situation like this when cricket has 3-4 months to stop. Actually we have no set date to restart cricket.
"If you inquire about the IPL, we don't know when it can be staged because first we need to find a window for that.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in October-November, while the ICC is trying to keep the tournament going as it generates a lot of revenue. We can not conclude anything on the IPL until we get clear-cut guidance from the ICC on the T20 World Cup.
"We don't have a window for the IPL at the moment. In December, we will be heading to Australia for the bilateral series that is part of the FTP (Future Tours Programme) that can not be changed.
"So in December, the Indian team will play their first full-series. In September Asia Cup was cancelled. So I can't say when cricket will resume in India at the moment,'
Ganguly's statement comes just days after the Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan assured that the Asia Cup 2020 will go ahead as scheduled later this year in either Sri Lanka or the UAE.
Khan had said last month that Pakistan, the original host of the event, had agreed to let Sri Lanka conduct it in return for hosting the next regional event.