Asia Cup likely to be shifted to UAE: SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva | cricket news

NEW DEHLI: The Asia Cup is “likely” to be moved out of Sri Lanka in the wake of political unrest in the island nation, SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva said on Sunday that the tournament could be played in the UAE.
There have been widespread protests against the government for weeks in Sri Lanka, which is reeling from an economic crisis.
However, the situation worsened with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country on a military jet.
“The Asia Cup is very likely to be held in the United Arab Emirates,” Sri Lanka Cricket When asked about a possible change in the venue of the T20 tournament, Secretary de Silva told PTI.
The dates of the six-team tournament are expected to remain the same from August 26 to September 11.
There will also be a qualifier before the main event with Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates battling for a qualification spot.
Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh will be the five full-man teams.
With Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia going smoothly and Pakistan currently playing Test cricket in Sri Lanka, there were hopes that SLC might be able to host the continental event.
The tournament serves as a good preparation for the Asian teams ahead of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October-November.
an official announcement from Asian Cricket Council (ACC) A change in tournament venue is expected soon. ACC is headed by BCCI Secretary jay shah,
pakistan cricket board Said on Saturday that he wants the Asia Cup to be played in Sri Lanka.
“Our first priority is to support Sri Lanka and play the Asia Cup there. If this tournament doesn’t happen in Sri Lanka, it will be a huge cricket and financial loss for them. Australia’s recent tour of Sri Lanka went off without any problems. PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said in a statement.
“Similarly, there is no issue with Sri Lanka’s ongoing tour of Pakistan as we are in constant touch with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and our embassy in the country.
“Our discussions with ACC representatives have suggested that the tournament is on track at the moment as they are monitoring the situation very carefully and we will support their decision.”

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