The Asian cricket administrative body, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has officially announced that the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup has been relocated from Sri Lanka to the UAE.
Sri Lanka will retain the hosting rights and the competition will be played from August 27 till September 11, 2022.
A statement released by the ACC said, “The ACC is mindful of the passionate Sri Lankan fans, hence the final decision to change the venue has been very difficult, but has been one that was deemed necessary. However, the thoughts of all ACC members remain in solidarity with the cricket-loving nation of Sri Lanka.
“The ACC remains committed to supporting the sport and all its fans and is deeply thankful for the unwavering efforts made by SLC in ensuring the tournament continues as scheduled.”
Jay Shah, President, ACC said, “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. This edition of the Asia Cup is extremely important as it will help Asian nations prepare for the ICC World Cup, and I thank the SLC and the Emirates Cricket Board for their understanding and cooperation.”
Shammi Silva, President, SLC said, “We were really looking forward to hosting our Asian neighbours in Sri Lanka for the much-anticipated Asia Cup. While I fully stand by the ACC’s decision to shift the Asia Cup to UAE considering the current context and the magnitude of the event, Sri Lanka Cricket will work closely with the ACC and Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that we still have an exciting edition of the Asia Cup.”
Khalid Al Zarooni, Vice-Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board, said, “The Emirates Cricket Board takes great pride in UAE being named the new venue for the Asia Cup. The ECB is always ready to help fellow Member Boards and the ACC and Sri Lanka Cricket have our full support.
“We have the required infrastructure in place and look forward to welcoming the teams to the UAE.”
Asia Cup 2022 will be played in a T20 format. The previous edition of the tournament was conducted in the UAE in 2018. The Indian team, which was led by Rohit Sharma, won against Bangladesh in the final in a last-ball thriller.
Asia Cup 2016 was also played in a T20 format and was also won by India under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are confirmed for the upcoming edition and the fifth team will be determined after the qualifiers are done.