Colombo, 28 July 2022 (TDI): The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has caused the Asia Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but Sri Lanka will continue to retain its hosting rights.

Details regarding the announcement

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has seen the Asia Cup move out of the country, although Sri Lanka will continue to retain the hosting rights.

Moreover, the tournament will now occur in UAE between August 27 and September 11. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Jay Shah said in a press release on Wednesday, “Every effort was made to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

The decision to shift the venue to the UAE was taken after much deliberation, the UAE will be the new venue while Sri Lanka will continue to retain hosting rights.”

Further adding to this, he said, “This edition of the Asia Cup is extremely important as it will help Asian nations prepare for the ICC World Cup, and I thank the SLC and the Emirates Cricket Board for their understanding and cooperation.”

Solidarity with Sri Lanka Cricket:

The ACC also expressed its solidarity with Sri Lanka Cricket in the release. “The ACC is mindful of the passionate Sri Lankan fans, hence the final decision to change the venue was very difficult, but was deemed necessary.

However, the thoughts of all ACC members remain in solidarity with the cricket-loving nation of Sri Lanka.” The Asia Cup will follow the T20 format, with nine teams participating.

Including, UAE, Kuwait, Singapore, and Hong Kong will play a qualifying round with the winner joining India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh in the main tournament.

While Sri Lanka is hosting Pakistan currently and also completed a series at home against Australia recently, the nine-team tournament poses a huge challenge in the current scenario.

UAE has been a favored backup country for hosting major tournaments, with India hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup in the country.

Hence, both countries hope to cooperate and coordinate in an excellent manner to make the event successful.