The Asia Cup cricket tournament that was supposed to be held in September has been postponed to June 2021 over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced on Thursday.
“From the onset the Board was keen on organizing the tournament as per the original schedule. However, travel restrictions, country-specific quarantine requirements, fundamental health risks and social distancing mandates have posed as substantial challenges to the holding of the Asia Cup,” ACC said in a statement.
“Above all, the risks related to the health and safety of participating players, support staff, commercial partners, fans and the cricketing community were deemed to be significant. Accordingly, the Board, after careful consideration of all the above factors, has determined that the Asia Cup 2020 be postponed,” it added.
The event was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka. Pakistan was originally selected to host the tournament, but the decision was canceled due to security reasons.
This comes as the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced the start of the training of the national team for the Asian Cup and other international events.