Asia Cup 2022 will be held from August 27 to September 11, 2022, in the T20 format. The fifteenth edition of the tournament will be played in the UAE. The Asia Cup 2022 was scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka, but it was shifted to UAE a few weeks before the start of the tournament. Those who are unaware of this situation want to know Why Asia Cup 2022 is shifted to UAE from Sri Lanka?
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Why Asia Cup 2022 is shifted to UAE from Sri Lanka?
The decision to shift Asia Cup 2022 from Sri Lanka to UAE was taken by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on the request of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) itself.
SLC was compelled to make such a request to ACC because Sri Lanka was incapacitated to host the tournament. The reason behind this is the economic situation of Sri Lanka which has got from bad to worse in the last few weeks. The situation was so broken that the people were directly entering the president’s house to protest. It would not be practical and safe to go on with the tournament in such conditions. Therefore, the SLC requested the ACC to shift the tournament to UAE.
Even after moving the Asia Cup 2022 to UAE, the Asian Cricket Council made it clear that Sri Lanka will continue to retain hosting rights and they would get the host’s share of revenue from the total revenue of the Asia Cup.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) gave the following statement:-
“Considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC, after extensive deliberation, has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to the UAE. Every effort was made to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, and the decision to shift the venue to the UAE was taken after much deliberation. The UAE will be the new venue while Sri Lanka will continue to retain hosting rights.”