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The 2022 Asia Cup could have to be shifted out of Sri Lanka within the aftermath of the political unrest within the Island nation. Whereas Sri Lanka Cricket have remained assured of their potential to stage the six-team occasion regardless of the extreme turbulence on each political and financial fronts, the fast escalation of unrest within the nation, which has seen its President fleeing just lately and widespread protests amongst different catastrophes, appears to have compelled the stakeholders to take a look at different choices, with the United Arab Emirates rising as one of many frontrunners to host the occasion.

Latest stories recommend that the member boards of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have already began contemplating the choice route as discussions are underway with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) in UAE. The six-team occasion is slated to be performed from August 26 to September 11, with Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore and UAE set to play the Qualifier earlier than the primary occasion, which is able to contain Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the Qualifier topper.

“In such a situation, it’s being felt that internet hosting the championship will not be applicable,” a member of the ACC instructed Cricbuzz on Saturday (July 16).

It’s pertinent to notice that Sri Lanka efficiently hosted Australia in an in depth all-format tour whereas it’s at present internet hosting Pakistan for 2 Assessments. In the meantime, at the same time as UAE is understandably being checked out as a possible host, battling the warmth within the desert will stay one of many largest challenges for the organisers given the timing of the match.

Amidst the latest developments, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) latest take stays a glimmer of hope for the SLC. “Our first choice is to assist Sri Lanka and play the Asia Cup there. If this match doesn’t happen in Sri Lanka, will probably be an enormous cricketing and monetary loss for them. Australia’s latest tour of Sri Lanka went off with none issues,” Faisal Hasnain, PCB CEO, stated.

“Equally, there have been no points with the continuing Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka as we’re consistently in contact with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and our embassy within the nation. Our discussions with the ACC representatives have instructed that the match is on observe in the meanwhile as they’re monitoring the state of affairs very rigorously and we’ll assist their choice,” he added.