DOUBTS INCREASE OVER ASIA CUP AS CRISIS IN SRI LANKA DEEPENS

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The fate of the Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, is likely to be decided by the end of the month, even as serious doubts are being expressed over the feasibility of the Australia-Sri Lanka series happening in June-July.

Although both the boards have been maintaining the ‘wait and watch’ refrain, the increasing violence and disturbances in Sri Lanka are seemingly putting paid to the chances of the series as well Asia Cup happening there.

Sources at The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have told Cricbuzz that Secretary Jay Shah, who is the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), called up Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Shammi Silva and CEO Ashley de Silva after violence broke out in the island nation a few days ago.

“There is also a likelihood of the SLC officials flying down to India for the IPL final this month-end. A clear picture will emerge by then when a call is expected to be taken with finality,” the BCCI source said.

The country has been witnessing violence on the streets with the army deployed to control it. A new Prime Minister has been sworn in even as unrest persists.

The problem for the ACC is that the Asia Cup is scheduled to begin in the end of August (27 August – 11 September), when holding the continental event in the UAE is difficult because of the heat in the desert kingdom. Moving the event to another country will not be easy too, given the India-Pakistan diplomatic dynamics.

(Agencies)