Asian Cricket Council has granted hosting rights of Asia Cup 2020 to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it was decided in the meeting of Asian body held at Singapore on Tuesday.
As it is now official, the archrivals of Pakistan would be expected to play in Pakistan for the first time in 14 years. India is defending champions and would be expected to defend its title on Pakistan soil. They last travelled to Country after both the nations played a bilateral series in 2005-2006.
India was scheduled to begin the tour of Pakistan from January 2009 but the series was called off in wake of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Bilateral ties were resumed after BCCI called the Pakistan national team to play three ODIs and two T20Is in December 2012 but India never visited the bordering nation. Since 2012, India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series and only play in the ICC and ACC tournaments.
India and Pakistan last played in the Asia Cup 2018, where India defeated Pakistan and went on to win the trophy after beating Bangladesh in the finals. In 2017, India and Pakistan met two times in the Champions Trophy where India won the league stage match and Pakistan defeated India in the finals to lift the trophy.
India and Pakistan will now play in the World Cup 2019 taking place in England and Wales. The arch-rivals will lock horns against each other on June 16 in Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium.