Sri Lanka, who are in the middle of their worst economic and political crisis, are doubtful to stage the Asia Cup 2022 and the stakeholders are reportedly looking to shift the six-team tournament to the United Arab Emirates.
The island country is experiencing a political catastrophe which has led to the economical unrest in the country and the board members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have reportedly started the search for an alternative venue with Emirates Cricket Board emerging as the probable winners to host the Asian cricket’s marquee event.
While talking to Cricbuzz on Saturday, a member of the ACC said, “In such a scenario, it is being felt that hosting the championship is not appropriate.”
Recently, Australia came Sri Lanka to play three T20I matches, five ODI matches and 2 Test matches which was started from June 7 and the tour was ended on July 8. While Australia won the T20I series 2-1, Sri Lanka claimed the ODI series 3-2 and played a draw in the two-match Test series 1-1.
Pakistan Cricket has extended their support to Sri Lanka by throwing light on Australia’s successful tour. PCB CEO Faisal Hasnain said, “Our first preference is to support Sri Lanka and play the Asia Cup there. If this tournament does not take place in Sri Lanka, it will be a huge cricketing and financial loss for them. Australia’s recent tour of Sri Lanka went off without any problems.”
“Similarly, there have been no issues with the ongoing Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka as we are constantly in touch with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and our embassy in the country. Our discussions with the ACC representatives have suggested that the tournament is on track at the moment as they are monitoring the situation very carefully and we will support their decision,” he added.