The fate for Asia Cup takes a turn. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has declared that the country’s current political and economic crises prevents it from being in a position to host the forthcoming Asia Cup 2022. SLC informed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) of its incapacity to host the major competition, which was slated to take place from August 27 to September 11.
Sri Lanka is currently experiencing its greatest economic crisis in history, and over the past several months, the country’s populace has staged endless rallies against the ruling administration. Even notable cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, and Sanath Jayasuriya have spoken out against the worrying condition in the island nation.
A Sri Lankan source said, “the SLC informed the ACC about its decision, maintaining that it is ‘not in a position’ to organize the Asia Cup cricket tournament in the country due to the current political and economic situation of the country.”
Sri Lanka can’t host the Asia Cup 2022 with the economic crisis they face currently
“A decision to hold the event in the United Arab Emirates hasn’t been finalised yet. The venue could, however, be any Asian country, including India. Sri Lanka will reportedly consult the UAE Cricket Board, requesting to provide a venue where it can host the event”.
Just a few days prior, the highly anticipated third season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) had to be postponed owing to the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka. It was planned to start on August 21.
It is unknown which location would be chosen by the ACC to host the event in light of Sri Lanka’s last-minute withdrawal. As a practice for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November, this year’s Asia Cup will be contested under the T20 format. After 2016, this will be the second time the competition is played under a 20-over format.