Asia Cup cricket tournament postponed to 2021

This file photo shows captains of the participating cricket teams pose with the Asia Cup Series trophy after a press conference at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sept. 14, 2018. (AFP)
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Updated 09 July 2020

Asia Cup cricket tournament postponed to 2021

  • Travel restrictions, various national quarantine requirements, and the ongoing threat of the coronavirus were the main obstacles to staging the tournament
  • Sri Lanka is expected to host the Asia Cup in June 2021

Cricket’s Asia Cup in September was postponed to 2021 on Thursday.
Travel restrictions, various national quarantine requirements, and the ongoing threat of the coronavirus were the main obstacles to staging the biennial Twenty20 tournament, the Asian Cricket Council said.
The 2018 tournament featured winner India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong.
Sri Lanka is expected to host the Asia Cup in June 2021.
“Conducting the event in a responsible manner remains the priority of the ACC,” it said in a statement, adding it “is currently working toward securing June 2021 as a suitable window.”


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.