The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup has been officially moved out of Sri Lanka and into the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will serve as the host of the marquee multi-national tournament, which will be played in Central-East Asia between 27 August and 11 September, originally on chalked-out days.
As reported by Cricbuzz on 17 July, the decision to move the tournament out of Sri Lanka was initiated due to the ongoing political turmoil in the country.
“Given the current situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC, after extensive deliberations, has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to move the tournament from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates,” an Asian Cricket Council release said.
Sri Lanka recently hosted Australia for a bilateral assignment and is currently tied up with Pakistan for a Test series. But things have changed drastically over the past fortnight, with the country’s president running out and a new president installed. The country has come to a boil with protests against the political establishment.
“We were really looking forward to hosting our Asian neighbors in Sri Lanka for the much-awaited Asia Cup,” said SLC President Shammi Silva. “While I fully stand with the ACC’s decision to move the Asia Cup to the UAE given 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 our The pass is still an exciting edition. Asia Cup”
The six-team Asia Cup will be played in T20 format this year ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The UAE also hosted the previous edition of the tournament in the ODI format in 2018, an event which was won by India.