Amid the ongoing political and economical crisis in the country, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reportedly withdrawn from hosting the Asia Cup 2022. The decision could move the tournament, which is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11 to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The island country is experiencing a political catastrophe which has led to the economical unrest in the country and resulted into the Asia Cup possibly moving to the Middle East.
“As per Sri Lankan media, 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,” The Nation reported.
The report further says, “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.”
The third edition of the Lanka Premier League, which was scheduled to take place from August 21, was also postponed a few days ago due to the ongoing economic crisis. Notably, the Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the T20I format for the second time since 2016 as it will be followed by the T20 World Cup 2022 in October-November.