Asia Cup 2022 officially moved from Sri Lanka to UAE

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The UAE also hosted the previous edition of the Asia Cup in the ODI format in 2022

The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup has been officially moved from Sri Lanka to UAE. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be serving as the host of the multi-nation tournament which will be played in middle-east Asia on its originally scheduled days from August 27 to September 11.

As per the reports on July 17, the decision to move the tournament from Sri Lanka to UAE was made following an ongoing political turmoil in the country.

The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup has been officially moved from Sri Lanka to UAE. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be serving as the host of the multi-nation tournament which will be played in middle-east Asia on its originally scheduled days from August 27 to September 11.

“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 recently hosted Australia for a bilateral series and is currently busy hosting Pakistan for the two-match Test series.

But things have changed over the last fortnight as the President of the country fled and the new President in the country has been installed. The country is still on a run with the protests witnessed against the political establishment.

Asian Cricket Council President, Jay Shah said in a press release on Wednesday –

“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. 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.”

“We were really looking forward to hosting our Asian neighbors in Sri Lanka for the much-anticipated Asia Cup,”

SLC President Shammi Silva said. 

“While I fully stand by the ACC’s decision to shift the Asia Cup to UAE considering the current context and magnitude of the event, Sri Lanka cricket will work closely with the ACC and the Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that we still have an exciting edition of the Asia Cup” 

The six-team Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the T20 format considering the preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. The UAE also hosted the edition of the Asia Cup in 2018 in the ODI format which India won.

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