Asia Cup 2018: Organisers likely to reschedule the India-Pakistan encounter
India are scheduled to play on September 18 and 19 according to the current timetable.
Updated - Jul 28, 2018 1:48 pm
The schedule of the Asia Cup was revealed earlier this week as the much-awaited clash between India and Pakistan has been slated to take place on September 19. But there was a glitch in the schedule released with only the Men in Blue playing back-to-back matches in the league stage. This irked the BCCI as they termed the schedule as ‘mindless’ and demanded a change in it. However, the organisers are now likely to postpone the encounter to September 20 which will allow Team India a day’s rest.
The tournament is set to commence on September 15 with the game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh while Pakistan play their opening match the next day against the qualifying team. According to the released timetable, the Men in Green will come into the high-octane clash after resting for two days. But the Indian players will be tired after facing the challenge of the qualifying team before facing their arch-rivals.
The BCCI wanted the schedule to be revisited and had clearly stated that it is totally unacceptable. “This is unacceptable and has to be revisited. Maybe for the organisers, it is just a money-spinning game but for us, it is important that there be equity in scheduling,” one of its officials was quoted as saying by Cricket Next.
When will the match be played?
According to the reports in Latestly, the game between India and Pakistan might be rescheduled to September 20 now. Also, the final league encounter between Bangladesh and Afghanistan is likely to preponed by one day as they play their first match on September 15 and 17 respectively. It won’t be a problem for them as far as the gap between their two matches is concerned.
Though nothing is confirmed yet the possibility of the same happening can’t be denied. The fact that only India is playing on consecutive days hasn’t gone down well with many. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was rather shocked to see the schedule and wanted Virat Kohli and his troops to abandon playing in the Asia Cup.