Asia Cup 2022: Jay Shah, President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been disputed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Last week, Shah stated that the final choice on Asia Cup destination will be made until after the IPL 2022 Finals. However, SLC Secretary Mohan De Silva has refuted this claim. According to De Silva, the Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka 100 percent of the time, and there will be no turning back.
“Asia Cup T-20 cricket tournament will be held from August 27 to September 11th in Sri Lanka and that is final. SLC officials are in a very positive mood to conduct this Asia Cup with the support of the Asian Cricket Council. No one is doing any rethink and there is no going back on that”, Mohan De Silva told InsideSport from Colombo.
Last week, ACC President and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated that the scenario of holding the tournament in Sri Lanka will be evaluated on the day of the IPL 2022 final.
“I had a detailed discussion with the officials of Sri Lanka Cricket on the situation in the country and its impact on cricket. SLC is hopeful of delivering a safe and successful Men’s Asia Cup. The office-bearers of SLC will be hosted at IPL 2022 final on May 29, and we will further assess the situation,” Jay Shah told ANI.
Reasons why Asian Cup is doubtful in Sri Lanka:
- Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka’s economy has been in downfall.
- Covid has had an impact on Sri Lanka’s tourist industry, which is the country’s major source of revenue.
- Sri Lanka is also experiencing a currency crisis, which has hampered its capacity to import food and fuel.
- Due to a lack of vital products, Sri Lanka was compelled to seek assistance from friendly countries.
- Large demonstrations have erupted in response to the economic crisis, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa being called to resign.