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Asia Cup postponement adds further pressure on Afghanistan

17 Jul 2020 CricBuzz

The postponement of the Asia Cup is set to put further pressure on the Afghanistan Cricket Board. The Asian Cricket Council announced on July 9 that they are contemplating a window in June 2021 to hold the Asia Cup as they postponed the tournament owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani told Cricbuzz that the postponement of the Asia Cup will have a considerable financial impact on the developing cricket nations.

Echoing Mani's thoughts, was ACB chief executive Luftullah Stanikzai.

''It is obvious that the postponement of Asia Cup will have a negative financial impact on ACB's revenue this year. However, since the event has not been cancelled and is rather postponed so we expect to receive the allocated funds next year,'' said Stanikzai to Cricbuzz.

ACB had recently slashed the salary of their foreign coaching staff by 50 per cent for the month of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that is likely to be the same for the upcoming months considering they were banking on the Asia Cup and five-match T20 series against Zimbabwe, which isn't part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP).

Cricbuzz understands that ACB is also reviewing a possible pay cut on the salaries of contracted players. The list comprises 32 senior male cricketers and 55 domestic players.

Four participating nations of the Asia Cup - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, receive around two million USD as participation fees and though Afghanistan was not set to get the same amount, they were expecting to receive a sizable portion for taking part in the tournament.

ACB is further hurt financially after Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC)- considered as one of their major sponsors - cancelled its contract last year. To make things worse, Tyka, an India-based firm that had signed up as the apparel sponsor with the ACB, terminated its two-year contract that was expected to run till the end of 2020 due to the shutdown caused by the pandemic.

The ACB is bracing for the worse with doubts hovering over the men's T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia later this year.

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