Sunday, 24 October 2021

Asia Cup 2021 called off due to COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO – In another blow to the cricket fans, the 2021 Asia Cup was called off. The mega event, which was shifted from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, was suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Island nation.

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva announced that it would be challenging for them to stage the tournament in the current situation.

“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” De Silva said as quoted by The Indian Express.

The tournament was intended to be hosted by Pakistan, but due to political tension between India and Pakistan, the competition was shifted to Sri Lanka. Although, the Asian Cricket Council headed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah is yet to make a formal announcement.

Another aspect is that the Asia Cup might only find a slot after the 2023 ICC 50-over World Cup as all the teams will be planning for their Future Tours Programme (FTPs) commitments for the next two years.

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