The schedule for the Asia Cup was released earlier this week and fans were eagerly waiting to know the dates of the clash of arch rivals in the likes of India and Pakistan.
Cricket news: Presently India is scheduled to play on consecutive days of September 18 and 19
But there was a glitch in the schedule as India was asked to play back-to-back matches on consecutive days of September 18 and 19.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) termed the schedule as ‘mindless’ and demanded to the organisers to change it. The organisers are presently considering to postpone the match on September 20 to give the Men in Blue a day’s rest.
The tournament will begin on September 15 with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh facing each other while Pakistan will play their opening game against the qualifying nation.
According to the current timetable, Pakistan will play against India after a two-day rest while India will have to face their arch rivals the next day after facing the challenge of the qualifying team.
The BCCI had said that the schedule is totally unacceptable and wants it to be revised. “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.
According to certain reports, the India-Pakistan clash might be postponed to September 20. While the final league encounter between Bangladesh and Afghanistan might be preponed by one day as they play their first match on September 15 and 17 respectively.
Although nothing is confirmed still but the fact that India is playing on consecutive days has angered many people.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag had went a step ahead and said that he was shocked to see the schedule and wanted India to abandon playing in the Asia Cup.