Asia Cup 2021 has been called off over COVID-19 complications as reported by Sportstar. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in June earlier this year, but it was postponed. The Sri Lankan cricket board has finally called off the tournament citing emergence of COVID-19 cases in the island nation. The tournament was postponed last year due to the same reason and with a jam-packed schedule upcoming for all the teams, it is unlikely that it will be rescheduled soon.
He further said that the tournament might be brought back after the 2023 World Cup with most teams having already planned their FTP for the next two years.
Asia Cup 2021 Called Off
Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva has come out with an official statement regarding the same. “Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” he stated.
However, Sri Lanka is scheduled to play India and then Bangladesh in the next couple of months. The island nation will play India in a limited-overs series in July. Meanwhile, the country has announced travel bans with the virus increasing rapidly. Sri Lanka on Wednesday announced a 10-day ban on airline passengers coming into the country.
Sri Lanka will be laying Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series between May 23 to 28. After that they will play India in a limited-overs series comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is, scheduled to get underway from July 13.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is likely to lead the Indian team in a limited-overs series in July. As per SLC’s proposed itinerary to the BCCI, accessed by ESPNcricinfo, the series will commence with the ODIs on July 13, 16, 19 followed by T20I series on July 22, 24, 27. Colombo’s Premadasa stadium is likely to host all the matches.
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