The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the hosts for Asia Cup 2021 and 2022. The 2021 edition will be hosted by Sri Lanka, while the 2022 edition will be hosted by Pakistan. The PCB CEO Wasim Khan has confirmed the latest developments. The tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year. The announcement by the PCB is almost certain. International cricket will be back in Pakistan next year.
As per PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup in June 2021 while Pakistan has earned the rights to host the event a year after in 2022.
“The next Asia Cup will be hosted in Sri Lanka in June and we have got hosting rights now for the 2022 Asia Cup,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI.
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Pakistan were scheduled to host the tournament between August-September this year. However, the outburst of COVID-19 has disrupted the entire cricket calendar including the Asia Cup.
Meanwhile, the PCB has been making desperate efforts to bring back cricket to the country in the last 12 months. Teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka have toured the country in the last one year. They are also trying to bring teams like Australia and England for a bilateral series for the next two years.
Meanwhile, getting the approval of the BCCI for allowing the Indian team to play in the Asia Cup, is another challenge that awaits the PCB. No Indian team has toured the country since 2006. The Indian team reportedly denied of playing the tournament in Pakistan if it would have been played this year. They requested the event to be shifted to the UAE.
The matter of hosting a full-fledged Asia Cup, however, remains a gigantic task considering the involvement of the Indian cricket team.