ACC confirms Pakistan as host of Asia Cup 2020

ACC confirms Pakistan as host of Asia Cup 2020

While Sri Lanka has toured Pakistan in the recent times, the other sides like India and Bangladesh have not played in the country for over a decade now.

Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Asian Cricket Council has recently confirmed that Pakistan would be hosting the next edition of the Asia Cup. The premier tournament that features the top Asian sides will have the next edition being played in the year 2020. The 2018 edition of the tournament was played in the UAE and was won by the Indian team. Pakistan had failed to make it to the finals of the tournament.

The news broke out in the media after the meeting of the members of the ACC on Thursday. While the ACC has confirmed Pakistan as the hosts of the tournament in 2020, it remains to be seen how the other teams welcome the decision. The lack of international cricketing action on the Pakistani soil over the last decade or so is a known issue to all.

While Sri Lanka has toured Pakistan in the recent times, the other sides like India and Bangladesh have not played in the country for over a decade now. Interestingly, the committee wanted to have India as the hosts of the tournament. However, the plans did not roll out well enough due to India’s inability to host the Pakistani side due to the ongoing political tensions between the two nations.

Cricket resurfacing in Pakistan

Ever since the infamous attack on the Sri Lankan team in the year 2009, the international teams have avoided traveling to the Pakistani soil for cricketing action. The times have been changing in the recent years though. The cities like Karachi and Lahore have successfully hosted quite a few number of international matches in the last two years.

To add to it, the PSL matches have also been played in the country and have been quite a hit. However, the point to note here is that the higher ranked sides still have their reservations about touring the country. Only Windies, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka have toured Pakistan in the recent times among the Test playing nations. The national cricket board is trying their best to resurface the sport on the home soil.

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