A decision on the Asia Cup’s venue will need to wait because the upcoming Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting has been postponed after a couple of members, including BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, refused to visit Dubai because of the coronavirus threat.
The ACC meeting was scheduled to be held in Dubai on Tuesday but with the UAE reporting over 700 cases over the previous couple of days, it had to be postponed until the end of this month.
“Ganguly was alleged to leave tonight but the coronavirus scare within the UAE has led to the postponement of the meeting,” a BCCI source told in Kolkata.
The BCCI chief and secretary Jay Shah were to attend the meeting.
A Pakistan Cricket Board source added, “The chairman of the PCB, Ehsan Mani, is already in Dubai but CEO Wasim Khan didn’t fly out on Sunday.”
On Friday, Ganguly had said subsequent Asia Cup are going to be held in Dubai, paving the way for both India and Pakistan to participate within the continental tournament. However, Mani promptly insisted that no final judgment had been taken on constant.
Pakistan was the designated hosts for the tournament scheduled for September, but with the BCCI making it clear that the Indian team wouldn’t be ready to visit the neighboring country due to security concerns, the organizers got right down to exploring other options, one among which was hosting it in Dubai.
Another PCB source said that Mani will have talks with the Emirates Cricket Board officials to seek out out if they were prepared to host the tournament in September.