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Asia Cup 2021: Asia Cup called off due amid rising cases of COVID-19

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The Asia Cup 2021, which was scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka starting next month, has been called off amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the region. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ashley de Silva has reportedly confirmed the news.

“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” de Silva told reporters, confirming the news.

This is the second time the tournament, which was to witness competition between India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Malaysia, has been cancelled. Asia Cup 2021 was initially going to be hosted by Pakistan, but due to the deteriorating situation of the coronavirus pandemic, it was shelved.

The SLC chief further added that the tournament would have to be pushed forward to 2023 after the completion of the 2023 World Cup in India. Since several teams have already planned the next two years of their calendar, it would be difficult to accommodate the Asia Cup in their schedule. SLC is yet to make a formal announcement on the matter.

Sri Lanka is facing the rise is the cases of COVID-19, due to which the country has banned incoming flights in the country for ten days.

The worsening situation of the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the economy as well as the sporting activities of numerous countries. Many countries had to call off major tournaments due to the rising cases of covid-19, tournaments including the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and now the Asia Cup among others.

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Pratik Pathak
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