SLC optimistic of hosting Asia Cup 2022 despite Political Unrest in Nation


SLC optimistic of hosting Asia Cup 2022 despite Political Unrest in Nation

The Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board has displayed confidence in hosting the Asia Cup 2022 despite the political unrest in the island nation. Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew to the Maldives and tendered his resignation today.

The SLC Board in its statement has mentioned that there is no constraint from the Asian Cricket Council to shift the venue for the upcoming prestigious Asian championship. However, on Friday the ACC  will take the final decision on whether Sri Lanka will continue to hold the hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2022.

The SLC is confident of hosting Asia Cup 2022 without any hiccups as recently they hosted the Australia series successfully. Sri Lanka displayed a tough resistance against Australia as it won the second Test to draw the series and also defeated the visitors in the ODI series. Another reason SLC remained optimistic about the Asia Cup was the Pakistan contingent arriving recently to play a two-match Test series. The Pakistanis have already played a warm-up match and the PCB has confirmed the visitors had not been affected by the political strife outside.

Speaking to the media, secretary of SLC Mohan de Silva mentioned that Sri Lanka has always remained prone to political turmoil and in a phase where the team is putting consistent efforts to earn a mark, the board cannot disrupt the squad’s proceedings. 

The Asian Cricket Council is closely monitoring the situation as Sri Lanka has declared an emergency. ACC has already put Bangladesh as an option due to the adverse circumstances. The Asia Cup is scheduled to kickstart on August 27.

The Asia Cup was previously postponed twice which raised the hopes for SLC to host the tournament. However, the current situation clearly signifies that the board might find itself in trouble to host a six-nation ultimate championship.

All the subcontinent countries are closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka and ACC is about to take a decision regarding the same. If the championship moves out of Sri Lanka, SLC will lose nearly $6 Million in revenue.

Asia Cup is scheduled to take place from August 27 to September 11 following a Qualifier which is slated to take place in Sri Lanka from August 20 to August 26. Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore, and UAE will participate in the Qualifier from which the top team would join the main event along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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