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Bangladesh. (Photo: Twitter)

According to reports, Bangladesh has been put on standby by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to host the Asia Cup, which is slated to take place in August despite the ongoing economic and political situation in Sri Lanka that recently took a catastrophic turn.

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The Indian women’s team just visited Sri Lanka, while the Australian men’s team just returned from a month-long trip there. According to The Indian Express, if the situation worsens even worse, the ACC does not want to take any chances.

The Prime Minister and President of the island nation recently expressed their willingness to quit after citizens broke into the President’s home and set the Prime Minister’s home on fire.

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In reality, when protesters scaled the Galle Fort during Sri Lanka’s test match against Australia, which ended yesterday, they demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and criticized him for mismanaging the nation’s economy.

Bangladesh hosted the Asia Cup in 2016:

The final decision will be made by the ACC later this month, however, Sri Lanka Cricket had stated its desire to host the event.

As well as hosting the T20 World Cup in 2014, where Sri Lanka defeated India to win the championship, Bangladesh also served as the host nation for the Asia Cup in 2016.

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Asia Cup. Image: Twitter

In addition to Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, another Asian team—possibly the UAE, Kuwait, Singapore, or Hong Kong—will play in the event. The details of the qualifying competition, whose timetable is still unknown, will determine which Asian team will join the others.

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