The Asia Cup has been formally shifted from Sri Lanka to the UAE for the 2022 season. The prestigious multi-nation competition, which will take place in middle-east Asia between August 27 and September 11, will be hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
“The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is eagerly looking forward to conducting its much-awaited Asia Cup tournament from August 27th to September 11th, 2022, as scheduled. However, considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC after extensive deliberation has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to the UAE,” said the ACC in a statement.
The council said that it found it very difficult to change the venue but it was necessary to do so. It also expressed its solidarity with the cricket-loving nation of Sri Lanka.
“The ACC remains committed to supporting the sport and all its fans and is deeply thankful for the unwavering efforts made by SLC in ensuring the tournament continues as scheduled,” said the statement.
“Every effort was made to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and 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,” said ACC President Jay Shah. He also thanked the Sri Lanka Cricket and the Emirates Cricket Board for their understanding and cooperation.
Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva admitted that his country was looking forward to hosting the tournament.
“While I fully stand by the ACC’s decision to shift the Asia Cup to UAE considering the current context and the magnitude of the event, Sri Lanka Cricket will work closely with the ACC and Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that we still have an exciting edition of the Asia Cup,” said Silva.
Emirates Cricket Board Vice-Chairman Khalid Al Zaroont said that his organization took “great pride in UAE being named the new venue for the Asia Cup”.
“The ECB is always ready to help fellow member boards and the ACC and Sri Lanka Cricket have our full support,” he said.
The Asia Cup Will Be Played In The T20 Format:
“Considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC after extensive deliberation has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to UAE,” a release from the Asian Cricket Council read.
Sri Lanka is currently involved in a Test series with Pakistan and recently hosted Australia for a bilateral assignment. However, after the country’s President fled and a new President was elected, things altered significantly. Protests against the political elite have brought the nation to a boil.
This year, the T20 format will be used at the six-team Asia Cup as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia. The previous iteration of the competition, which took place in the ODI format in 2018, was also held in the UAE and was won by India.