Due to the country’s ongoing political and economic turmoil, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reportedly announced that it will not be able to host the forthcoming Asia Cup 2022. SLC informed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) of its inability to host the major event, which was slated to take place from August 27 to September 11.
Sri Lanka is experiencing its greatest economic crisis in history, and the country has seen countless protests against the current administration in recent months. Even prominent cricketers such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene have spoken out against the worrying condition in the island nation.
The decision comes only days after the highly anticipated third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was forced to be postponed owing to Sri Lanka’s ongoing conflict. It was supposed to start on August 21.
With Sri Lanka pulling out at the last minute, it remains to be seen which location the ACC would choose to host the tournament. Meanwhile, this year’s Asia Cup will be played in the T20 format as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. The tournament will be played in a 20-over format for the second time, following 2016.