Move To Shift Asia Cup Out Of Sri Lanka Being Proposed By SLC; Decision After IPL 2022 Final- Reports

Published - 29 May 2022, 07:35 PM | Updated - 29 May 2022, 07:36 PM

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has reportedly planned to propose to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) board for moving the upcoming Asia Cup tournament, which is to be played in Sri Lanka, out of the island country which is battling inflation, and severe economic and political crisis, Cricbuzz reported.

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The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will convey the request to ACC president Jay Shah during their meeting on the sidelines of the IPL final. The Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled from August 27 to September 11. And the bigwigs of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) including its president Shammi Silva, are already in Ahmedabad for the Sunday’s (May 29) IPL 2022 final.

President of Asian Cricket Council- Jay Shah (Image Credits: Twitter)
President of Asian Cricket Council- Jay Shah (Image Credits: Twitter)

Final Decision Has Not Yet Been Taken: Sri Lankan Member Of ACC

Cricbuzz has reported that Jay Shah, who is the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will listen to the proposal of the Sri Lankan board members after the IPL 2022 final happens. Multiple members of the ACC have said to Cricbuzz, that a final decision has not yet been taken but did not rule out the possibility.

Shah had previously told this website that he has been in touch with the SLC officials. Clarity is expected in the next few days as the BCCI secretary has currently been busy with the arrangements for the IPL final. The general impression is that the tournament cannot be staged in Lanka in the current scenario.

Rohit Sharma with Asia Cup 2018 trophy. Photo- Getty
Rohit Sharma with Asia Cup 2018 trophy. Photo- Getty

“I will have to check, the final decision has not yet been taken,” a non-SLC member of the ACC told Cricbuzz.

In case the tournament is moved out of Sri Lanka, then the alternate venues are Bangladesh, which hosted the first-ever T20 edition of the Asia Cup in 2016, or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which hosted the last edition of Asia Cup in 2018, which was a 50-over version. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and UAE will be the participating countries, along with two more qualifiers.

SLC, however, has no plans to cancel or move its bilateral engagements against Australia and Pakistan. The Australian team will be landing on the island in a few days’ time.

Also, media outlets in Sri Lanka have reported that the BCCI has agreed to have the Indian team play a couple of bilateral T20I matches to help the cash-strapped SLC board tide over its financial crunch. SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said nothing has been finalized.

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