The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup has officially moved out of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will host the premier multi-national tournament, which will be played in Middle East Asia on the originally scheduled days between August 27 and September 11.
The decision to move the tournament out of Sri Lanka was made due to the ongoing political turmoil in the island nation.
“The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) looks forward to conducting its much-anticipated Asia Cup tournament from August 27 to September 11, 2022, as scheduled,” said a statement from the Asian Cricket Council.
“However, considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC, after extensive deliberation, unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates,” it added.
Sri Lanka is going through one of its worst crises with food and fuel supplies running out. The country has still been able to host bilateral cricket, with Australia and Pakistan making the trip, but given that the Asia Cup is a multi-team tournament, the challenges of hosting it amid the economic crisis were seen as difficult task.
BCCi secretary and ACC chairman Jay Shah said everything possible was done to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and the decision to move the venue to the UAE was taken after much deliberation.
“Every effort was made to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and the decision to move the venue to the UAE was taken after much deliberation. The UAE will be the new host, while Sri Lanka will continue to retain the hosting rights. This edition of The Asia Cup is extremely important as it will help Asian nations prepare for the ICC World Cup, and I thank the SLC and the Emirates Cricket Board for their understanding and cooperation,” Shah said.
The six-team Asia Cup will be played in the T20 format this year as a precursor to the T20 World Cup in Australia. UAE also hosted the previous edition of the tournament in ODI format in 2018, an event won by India.
“We were very much looking forward to welcoming our Asian neighbors to Sri Lanka for the much-anticipated Asia Cup,” said Shammi Silva, president of SLC.
“While I fully support the ACC’s decision to move the Asia Cup to the UAE considering the current context and the magnitude of the event, Sri Lanka cricket will work closely with the ACC and the Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that we still have an exciting edition of the Asia Cup,” he added.
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