The political turmoil in Sri Lanka could be a dangerous sign for Asia Cup 2022 and hence, there are reports that the tournament might be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Notably, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had requested Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to keep the hosting rights with themselves.
However, some countries from the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) might not agree to board a plane to Lanka, given the political situation of the country and hence, now UAE is being looked after as an alternate venue for Asia Cup 2022. A few days ago, it was reported that Bangladesh could also be a possible venue for the tournament.
Asia Cup 2022 Venue Could Be Moved From Sri Lanka To UAE
As per Cricbuzz, “According to information obtained from different member boards of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), efforts to shift the 16-day event have been initiated. Discussions are believed to have taken place between the ACC and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) in UAE. The SLC is being kept in the loop and the championship is expected to be held on the same dates as announced before, August 26 to September 11.”
“In such a scenario, it is being felt that hosting the championship is not appropriate,” a member of the ACC told Cricbuzz on Saturday (July 16). An SLC official echoed the view stating that there is a strong possibility of a shift. Incidentally, the SLC has successfully hosted Australia for a full series and is currently playing host to the Pakistan team.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Silent On The Entire Issue
“I am unable to remark at this time (about the possibility of India hosting the event). We will continue to watch (the situation in Sri Lanka). There is a match with Australia. The Sri Lankan team is performing well as well. Right now, I am unable to remark. Allow a month to pass,” BCCI president told ANI.
ACC President Jay Shah seems to be keenly involved in the entire process and an announcement on the official shifting of venues could come out in a week’s time.