Reportedly, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has declared that the country is not in a position to host the forthcoming Asia Cup 2022. This is due to its political and economic crises. SLC informed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) of its incapacity to host the major competition. It was slated to take place from August 27 to September 11.
Sri Lanka is currently experiencing its greatest economic crisis in history. Over the past few months, the country’s populace has staged endless rallies against the ruling administration. Even notable cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, and Sanath Jayasuriya have spoken out about the worrying condition in the island nation.
“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,” read a report as quoted by The Nation.
The report further adds, “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”.
Lanka Premier League 2022 postponed
Just a few days prior, the SLC postponed the highly awaited third season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) due to the economic crisis. This is also owed to the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka. It was planned to start on August 21.
It is unknown which location will be chosen by the ACC to host the tournament in light of Sri Lanka’s last-minute withdrawal. This year’s Asia Cup will be played under the T20 format. As a practice for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. After 2016, this will be the second time the competition is played in a 20-over format.
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