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Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been reported making statements regarding the Asia Cup. The ACC event is scheduled to take place in June but men in green’s participation seems to be jeopardized.
Mani, when met with the HBL PSL franchises, made clear that the country’s board ain’t looking for team’s active participation in the event.
He added that the sources are speculating for rescheduling Asia Cup to 2023, hence, organizing the remaining matches of PSL won’t be a critical issue.
As the PSL 6 was left in the midst after winding up fourteen matches, the PCB has announced to commence the event by June – the schedule clashes with Asia Cup.
Notably, Asia Cup was due to take place on August 2020 but it got postponed amidst the Coronavirus threats. Being rescheduled to 2021, it is once again speculated to get called off.
What makes Pakistan give less attention to the ACC event might be the venue problem. At first, the event was scheduled to take place in Pakistan.
After the BCCI denied amidst Indo-Pak political issues, the event has been shifted to Sri Lanka. Despite being played in the 50-over format, it is to be truncated to 20-over per game.
Pakistan’s participation in Asia Cup in jeopardy
A source added,
Mani made it clear that there was little possibility of the tournament being held this year and it would be moved to 2023 due to the commitments of the participating teams,
It added that as the PCB maintained healthy relations with Cricket South Africa (CSA), it cannot be denied as Pakistan is to tour South Africa in April as a good will and return tour.
Cricket SA voyaged Pakistan in the beginning of 2021. Notably, the PSL franchises were looking to play PSL in April but Mani did not let it happen as he did not want to turn CSA down.
But the PCB chairman made it clear they could not do this as they had good relations with CSA which had supported Pakistan cricket by sending its full test team to Pakistan in February.