Sri Lanka Cricket is in a state of bother as the board may lose more than $ 5-6 MN if Asia Cup 2022 moves out of Sri Lanka. This is the reason why SLC officials during their visit to India literally pleaded to Asian Cricket Council & BCCI Officials to not shift the Asia Cup 2022 out of Island Nation.
“No final decision has been reached as yet. All is dependent on how we conduct the Australian series. Jay Shah and other ACC officials have assured us that if all goes ok, Asia CUP will stay in Sri Lanka”, said SLC’s secretary Mohan De Silva to InsideSport.
“Big revenues get generated by hosting teams like India, and Pakistan. That’s why we are still trying to persuade the countries to play in Sri Lanka. For us revenues are critical. At this stage even for our country, any incoming dollar is critical. We are all geared up to host the Asia Cup and we all are in a positive mood”, said CEO of SLC Ashley de Silva.
If a country host an ICC event they get the hosting fees as well as the Ticket Sales Revenues generated through the marquee event. The icing on the cake is the sponsorship revenue which makes hosting an event more rewarding for a board. Considering the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the SLC Officials are willing to host the ‘Asia Cup 2022’ at any cost so that they could generate the desired revenue & safeguard the interest of cricket in the Island Nation.
The Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11. Before the main event, the ACC had planned a qualification tournament. The qualification event will be played from August 20 & the team qualifying from the qualifiers would become the sixth team to play in the main event. The five full member countries of the ICC India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan have directly qualified for the main event. They will be joined by one qualifying country from the Asian region.
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