The entire world has shrunk to its homes at this time due to the devastation of the Coronavirus epidemic. The disease has so far taken away the lives of millions of people from all over the world. At the same time, the sports world is silent due to the corona and there are clouds of silence on the grounds that keep the audience buzzing. The Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo have been postponed for a year. For this reason, many important cricket tournaments this year are also under threat.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) President Ehsan Mani has said that PCB will not agree to cancel the Asia Cup to be held in UAE in September for the Indian Premier League (IPL) event postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic… The IPL was scheduled to be held from 29 March to 24 May, but it has been postponed indefinitely due to increasing lockdown to prevent the deadly virus infection in India.
Mani said in Karachi on Tuesday, “I have read and heard about these speculations, but remember at the moment whether the Asia Cup is to be held or not, is not the decision between Pakistan and India, other countries are also involved with it.” Pakistan has to host the competition, but India hesitated to go there due to security concerns and bitter diplomatic relations between the two countries after which it was shifted to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In the podcast released by the PCB, Mani said, “If by then cricket activities start, then the Asia Cup is important because the development of cricket in Asia depends on the money from this tournament. This is important for many countries that are members of the Asian Cricket Council. Mani, however, admitted that organizing the Asia Cup this year is a big challenge as he does not know if it will be a tournament or not.
Mani also warned that if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed in October-November, there will be a major financial crisis for many member states.
Significantly, this year apart from the IPL, big cricket tournaments like Asia Cup, T20 World Cup, and World Test Championship, etc. are to be organized. Now it has to be seen that as long as the world remains vulnerable to this deadly virus, and how long the country and the world remain sportless.