Sri Lanka suffering a political and economic crisis ahead of the Asia Cup

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Sourav Ganguly says that the BCCI will keep monitoring the situation

The Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka in August while BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that the Board will keep monitoring the circumstances in the Island nation amid the ongoing political and economic crisis there.

Asia Cup is going to be held in Sri Lanka in August, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that the Board will keep monitoring the circumstances in the Island nation amid the ongoing political and economic crisis there. 

 “I cannot comment at the moment (about the possibility of India hosting the event). We will keep monitoring (the situation in Sri Lanka). Australia is playing there. The Sri Lankan team is also doing well. I cannot comment at the moment. Let us wait for a month,”

the BCCI president told ANI.

Sri Lanka hosted Australia for a multi-format series. The series was highly watchable and saw great cricket from the two sides. Australia won the T20 series by 2-1, the ODI series was won by Sri Lanka 3-2, and the red-ball series ended up in a 1-1 draw.

Ganguly also talked about the problems posed by the Covid-19 pandemic during his period as BCCI president.

“But we managed to get cricket going and as you know, broadcast rights have gone exceptionally well. Although I never equate money with the sport, it is always good to have money because infrastructure is built that way. Indian cricket is in a solid position. As and when we will finish, someone else will come in and take it forward. It is the players and administrators who will take the game forward,”

said Ganguly.

The TV and digitalized rights for the 2023-27 cycle went to Star India and Viacom18 respectively for an astounding Rs 48,390 crore for 410 matches at e-auctions in June.

The IPL digital rights went at a more exorbitant cost than the TV as Viacom18 got it for Rs 23,758 crore in contrast with Star India which won TV freedoms for Rs 23,575 crore. 

Reliance-owned Viacom18 also won Australia, South Africa, and United Kingdom rights. Times have MENA (the Middle East North Africa) and the United States and the rest of the World right.

Speaking about the high expectations from India in these tournaments, the BCCI president said,

“You do not win ICC tournaments all the time. They (India) were in the finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017 and they lost in the semis in the 2019 WC. It has not been that they have been absolutely poor in World Cups but as you rightly said whenever India plays the expectations are more of winning. They are a great side they have some fantastic players and hopefully, when it comes to Australia this time, they will stand up and deliver.”

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