It is the security situation of Pakistan and relations with India that will decide whether the tournament is held in the country or at a neutral location © Getty
The next Asia Cup, scheduled in September 2020, just a month before the World T20 is organized by the PCB. Whether this means that Pakistan will be the location for the regional tournament has yet to be revealed. The next edition of the Asia Cup will be a T20 event, making it the second event in the history of the tournament.
"The 2020 Asia Cup will take place in Pakistan, they will tell us where we will be, as they are the hosts, India has hosted it last time, but it was held in the UAE," said Nazmul Hassan ACC president.
It is the security situation of Pakistan and relations with India that will decide whether the tournament will be held in the country or at a neutral location – probably the UAE, where Pakistan is organizing their home games since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Recently Dubai and Abu Dhabi organized the Asia Cup 2018, which strengthens the credibility of the UAE as a possible location.
Relations between Pakistan and India are at the lowest ebb on both political and cricket fronts. The two countries have only faced each other in regional and international tournaments since a short bilateral series in 2012-13.
The PCB also claimed compensation of USD 70 million to BCCI for failure to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series in the course of eight years between 2015 and 2023. ICC & # 39 ; s Dispute Panel, however, rejected the case.
Incidentally, both the government and the cricket administration in Pakistan are hopeful that the relations between the two neighbors after the general elections in India and the BCCI elections next year will be normal again.
Pakistan is currently the joint hosts alongside Sri Lanka for the current Emerging Asia Cup. All matches in Group B – including Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong, together with Pakistan – were organized in Karachi for four days.
Over the years, the board has made efforts to win the trust of the global cricket community by opening its doors to international security teams and organizing PSL competitions in Pakistan. The measures have been successful to some extent, such as Zimbabwe (in 2015), ICC World XI and Sri Lanka (in 2017), and the Windies (in 2018) have traveled through Pakistan. After having held three PSL competitions in Lahore and Karachi this year, the board plans to hold eight PSL matches in the country next year.