Sri Lanka has been facing an immense political and economical turmoil since 2019, thats reaches its peak this year. As a result to that, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) withdrew itself from hosting the Asia Cup, 2022. SLC, on July 20, informed the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) about their inability to host the tournament.
Not Only Asia Cup, Sri Lanka to cancel their Premier League too.
SL hosted a full fledged Test and a white all series against Australia. Even, Pakistan is in Sri Lanka right now, playing their two match test series. Though, he matches have been shifted from Colombo to Galle amidst the crisis. Sri Lanka women too played a white ball series earlier this month at Galle.
But the intensity of the crisis made SLC postpone their second season of Sri Lanka Premier League too. ACC source told the PTI,
“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 in the island.”
UAE all set to host Asia Cup 2022
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly confirmed UAE as the host for the tournament. After BCCI’s Apex Council meeting, Ganguly told the reporters in Mumbai,
“Asia Cup will be in UAE, as it is the only place where there won’t be rains.“
2018 Asia Cup rewind
After 2018, UAE will be hoating Asia Cup for the second consecutive time, from August 27 to September 11. The 2018 Asia Cup was played in a total one-day format. Rohit Sharma led India lifted the trophy by defeating Bangladesh in the finals. However, 2022 will witness Asia Cup in the T-20 format. One can consider this tournament as the perfect preparation for the T-20 World Cup, that will be played in Australia from 16th October to 13th November.
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