The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen to change the dates for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. They have asked the participating countries for their consent to host the Asia Cup from August 24 to September 7, 2022, in Sri Lanka.
The tournament has already been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 season was to be hosted by Sri Lanka, however, it was postponed to 2021. Even then, the tournament could not take place due to the pandemic. It was decided that the 2022 edition will start on August 27. However, as per new reports, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board is keen to change the dates.
As per the new dates, the Asia Cup is likely to begin on August 24. Six teams – Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, hosts Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers will participate in the tournament. The finals will take place on September 7. The tournament will be played in a T20 Internationals format this year.
SLC received a result from a couple of teams including Pakistan: Reports
As per the reports, the Sri Lankan board received a request from a couple of boards including Pakistan to change the dates. Pakistan will be hosting England for a seven-match T20 International series in late September and does not a clash of fixtures.
“Adjustments in the dates are made following a request received by the SL Board from a couple of participating teams including Pakistan on the possible clash of international fixtures. Pakistan is to host England for seven T20 Internationals in the latter part of September” a source told The News as quoted by CricTracker.
“If Asia Cup goes ahead on the new dates of August 24 and ends on September 7, it would be perfect dates from Pakistan’s perspective as the team will be back home well in time for the start of the T20 series against England,” the source added.