Sri Lanka Cricket not in position to host Asia Cup 2022, informs Asian Cricket Council: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been informed that the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) will not be in a position to host the multi-nation upcoming Asia Cup 2022 due to prevailing political and financial turmoil in the country.
The decision came after Sri Lanka Cricket recently postponed the third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) due to the ongoing crisis.
The development was confirmed by sources in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
“Sri Lankan cricket has conveyed that due to the existing political and economic situation in their country especially where foreign exchange is concerned it is not an ideal situation for them to host such a mega-event of six teams on the island,” an ACC source said.
The six-nation tournament which will be held in the T20 format will now be staged in some other venue. UAE is kept as a strong contender to host Asia Cup 2022, however, the final decision is yet to come.
The ACC is likely to make an announcement on the same in the next few days. With the tournament being scheduled to be held in August-September, the ACC will accelerate the process to prepare an alternative hosting country.
“UAE is not the final replacement venue, it could be some other country, even India as the ACC, Sri Lanka cricket will first have to talk with Emirates Cricket Board officials to get final approval for the event,” the official said.
Though Sri Lanka has been successful in hosting the bilateral series, multi-nation tournaments like Asia Cup involve an added hassle of logistics. Moreover, foreign exchange will be another concern for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.