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LAHORE: If the men’s Asia Cup goes ahead this year, it will likely take place in Sri Lanka.

The hope is that the tournament will be played in September.Although it is technically Pakistan’s turn to host the Asia Cup this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to swap hosting years at an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting earlier this week, with SLC handing over hosting rights for the 2022 Asia Cup. 

With India-Pakistan relations being frosty at present, the PCB cannot feasibly host a tournament involving India. 

Additionally, Sri Lanka appears to have the Covid-19 pandemic under the most control out of the potential host nations.

There is, however, substantial doubt if the tournament will go ahead as planned, largely due to the restrictions and logistical hurdles posed by the pandemic. Hosting a multi-team tournament would clearly require an exponentially greater level of medical arrangements, to say nothing of the travel restrictions that each team will face. 

At present, SLC has been trying desperately, but has been unable to even confirm bilateral home series against India and Bangladesh that had been slated for the middle of the year. An Asia Cup, which generally sees at least six teams competing, seems far off.

Sri Lanka has not hosted an Asia Cup since 2010, but will relish the opportunity to showcase the country as a safe place to play, to a regional audience. The ACC’s executive council has not approved the swap of host nations yet, but is expected to confirm hosting plans before the end of the month.(Daily Times)

  Comments - 3

  • Jude Saturday, 13 June 2020 08:41 PM

    Forget about hosting international cricket til NEXT year !!

    GHarry Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:10 PM

    BAN cricket for at least one year, which let the people to improve their life-style. Send those useless players to the PRISON.

    Cricket enthusiast Sunday, 14 June 2020 07:29 PM

    Some are talking of hosting the IPL in SriLanka and some about the ASIA CUP .Please forget about cricket in Sri Lanka until at least the end of this year as the people's health is more important.

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