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Sri Lanka likely to lose hosting rights for Asia Cup 2022 amid economic crisis

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has set a deadline for Sri Lanka to confirm whether they will be able to host the Asia Cup 2022 amid the economic crisis that has engulfed the country.

Asia Cup 2022 is set to commence on August 27 but due to the political stability in Sri Lanka, the ACC has given the Sri Lankan cricketing board until July 27 to provide confirmation.

A source close to the matter revealed that ACC officials have been in close contact with the Sri Lankan cricket board members, who still remain hopeful that they will be able to host the upcoming mega tournament.

“Asia Cup T-20 cricket tournament will be held from August 27 to September 11th in Sri Lanka and that is final. SLC officials are in a very positive mood to conduct this Asia Cup with the support of the Asian Cricket Council. No one is doing any rethink and there is no going back on that,” Mohan De Silva told InsideSport.

Reports claim that if the political situation continues to deteriorate in Sri Lanka and does not improve then United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be chosen as a neutral venue, which was also the venue for the tournament last time around.

Sri Lanka were scheduled to host the 2020 edition of the Asia Cup but that tournament was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pakistan have the hosting rights for the continental showpiece in 2023.

In this six-team tournament, five teams from Asia have got direct entry. These teams are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, while the sixth team was decided on the basis of qualifier matches.

The sixth team to join the tournament will be one of UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong – with each side earning their place in the qualifier by coming either first or second in the ACC regional events in 2020.

Source: Cricket Pakistan