The Asian Cricket Council announced on Saturday that the Asia Cup 2022 cricket competition will be held in Sri Lanka from August 27 to September 11, later this year.
The competition will be contested in the T20 format again this year, as it was in 2016. The qualifying will begin on August 20 and will go for two weeks. The dates and location of Asia Cup 2022 were revealed following the member nations’ AGM on Saturday.
The competition will include all five Test nations – hosts Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh – as well as one extra Asian side that will be determined following a qualification round beginning on August 20.
The tournament, which rotates between ODI and T20I forms, was most recently contested in 2018 and was won by India. The epidemic, on the other hand, prompted the 2020 edition to be postponed.
The event was originally slated to take place in September 2020 but was postponed in July 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was later rescheduled for June 2021 in Sri Lanka, only to be postponed again. After maintaining the rights to host the 2022 edition, Pakistan was set to host the event. However, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed in October 2021 that Sri Lanka will host the event in 2022, with Pakistan hosting the 2023 edition. India is the reigning champion.
The sixth team will be selected from the UAE, Kuwait, Singapore, or Hong Kong, with each team earning their way into the qualifications by finishing first or second in the ACC regional competitions in 2020.
The 2017 Asia Cup will be the 15th edition of the competition, which began in Sharjah in 1984. India is the most successful team, having won six ODI editions of the Asia Cup and the lone T20I edition in 2016. Sri Lanka has won the championship five times in a row.
Meanwhile, Pankaj Khimji of the Oman Cricket Board was named vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council during the AGM, while Mahinda Vallipuram of the Malaysia Cricket Association was named head of the development committee.