Karachi: Wasim Khan, CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board, has suggested that the ICC T20 World Cup could be moved to the UAE next year as there are still “some uncertainties” as to whether India will be able to host the COVID-19 epidemic.
“There is still some uncertainty about the World T20 taking place in India. Yes, there is the Kovid situation. It could be in the UAE,” Khan said in an interview with Cricket Baz.
Recalling that India plans to host a home series against England and the IPL in the first quarter of 2021, Khan said a clear picture would be forthcoming by April.
The ICC has given India the 2021 World T20 title and Australia will now host the 2022 edition, while the 50-over World Cup will be held in India in 2023.
Khan reiterated that the PCB is waiting for a written confirmation from the ICC and the BCCI in January regarding the visa for the Pakistan team for the World T20 in India.
“Yes Mani Sahab (PCB chief Ehsan Mani) has written a letter requesting that the ICC and BCCI give written assurances on the visas that will be issued to us. Said Khan.
He revealed that the online meeting of the Asian Cricket Board last week had set a temporary time to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka but could reschedule the dates if needed.
“The next Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka in June and we have now secured the hosting rights for the 2022 Asia Cup,” he said.
Khan said the ICC’s responsibility is to ensure the participation of all nations in any world event, even if the bilateral series with India is still a distant reality due to the border tensions of the two countries.
“But yes bilateral ties are not appropriate and that’s why we asked for assurances for next year’s World Cup,” he said.
But the PCB CEO hoped that the situation could change in the future as far as cricketing relations between India and Pakistan are concerned.


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