New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday postponed the Asia Cup tournament, scheduled for September this year, until June 2021 owing to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the region. The ACC said that they are working towards securing June 2021 as a suitable window for the same.

The decision comes a day after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly announced cancellation of Asia Cup 2020  

The decision further clears the way for the Indian Premier League, which the organisers are trying to hold from September to November. 

"After careful consideration and evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board of the ACC has decided to postpone the Asia Cup tournament that was scheduled for September 2020," the Asian Cricket Council tweeted.

"It may also be noted that the hosts for the Asia Cup 2020, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has exchanged hosting rights for the tournament with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Through this arrangement, the SLC will now host the rescheduled Asia Cup expected in June 2021 while the PCB will host the Asia Cup 2022," the statement added.

Pakistan was to originally host the Asia Cup this time but due to security reasons, the tournament was supposed to be held in Sri Lanka after the country's board expressed its willingness to organise the same.

Ganguly had on Wednesday confirmed the cancellation of Asia Cup during an Instagram live session with a leading Hindi news channel. 

The former Indian skipper was replying to a question when the fans will see the Men in Blue back in action on the ground. "The Indian team will play its first full series in December. Asia Cup has been cancelled in September. So at the moment I cannot say when cricket will resume in India," Ganguly was quoted by India Today as saying.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta