Asia Cup likely to be shifted out of SL

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The Asia Cup 2022 scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka is likely to be shifted out owing to the deteriorating political situation and economic crisis in the island nation.

However, in case the tournament is shifted out, Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) will remain the hosts of the showpiece. With the tournament only months away, neither Pakistan nor India are in a position to emerge as possible candidates due to geopolitical tensions between both countries, leaving UAE and Oman as the other two options, where the extreme temperature remains a huge concern.

Bangladesh, however, has emerged the front runner to stage the event, though a final decision is yet to be taken.

Asia Cup 2022 was booked to be facilitated in Sri Lanka on 27 August. However, because of the continuous monetary emergency in the country, many queries are being raised. Sri Lanka is combating a serious monetary emergency with food and fuel shortages affecting the whole country since the beginning of the pandemic.

A top source at SLC revealed to Ceylon Today:  “There is no final decision on the hosting of the Asia Cup as of now. During the sidelines of the IPL Finals, the big decision on Asia Cup will be taken, where SLC officials are scheduled to arrive to meet ACC officials. After the meeting a final decision on whether the Asia Cup will be moved out of Sri Lanka will be taken.

“Considering the current situation there is a chance of moving the Asia Cup out of Sri Lanka. However, SLC will remain as the hosts and they will only have one disadvantage – which is losing the home advantage”.

If the tournament is being staged out of Sri Lanka it is learnt that SLC will gain an additional US 2 Million Dollars. ACC is also concerned over the Pakistan-India clash in the Asia Cup, since the fans only get to see the blockbuster India-Pakistan matches during multi-nation tournaments.

Tickets for the T20 World Cup 2022 match between India-Pakistan in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) were sold out within hours.

In addition, Cricket Australia is also closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka regarding their upcoming tour next month. The Australian team is due to play three T20Is, five ODIs and two Test matches.