Not in a position to host Asia Cup T20, Sri Lanka tell Asian Cricket Council

Sri Lankan cricket board on Wednesday informed the Asian Cricket Council that it won’t be able to host the continental T20 tournament in September-October due to the ongoing political and economic crisis in the country.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sri Lanka to not host Asia Cup T20 in August-September
  • ACC to finalise new host nation in the coming days
  • UAE likely venue for Asia Cup T20

Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday, July 20 communicated to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that it would not be able to host the Asia Cup T20 tournament in the county due to the ongoing economic and political crisis. The Asia Cup was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in August-September before the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Sri Lanka Cricket’s decision comes days after it postponed the third edition of the Lanka Premier League due to the crisis situation even as bilateral cricket is being played with Australia, India women and Pakistan touring the island nation for Tests and white-ball series.

“Sri Lankan cricket has conveyed that due to the existing political and economic situation in their country specially where foreign exchange is concerned it is not an ideal situation for them to host such a mega-event of six teams on the island,” news agency PTI quoted as Asian Cricket Council source as saying.

Sri Lanka, who have the hosting rights, have expressed to host the tournament in the UAE or another venue, according to the official.

The official also added that the ACC is likely to make an announcement in the next few days, given the Asia Cup is slated to be held in August and September this year before the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“UAE is not the final replacement venue, it could be some other country, even India as the ACC, Sri Lanka cricket will first have to talk with Emirates Cricket Board officials to get final approval for the event,” the official added.

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