The next edition of the Asia Cup is likely to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as per the reports emerging in. The multilateral tournament is scheduled in the first week of March 2016. UAE was chosen as an option since no test playing Asian nation expressed its desire to host the tournament.
Bangladesh hosted the previous two editions of the Asia Cup in 2014 and 2012. With India and Sri Lanka showing absolutely no interest in hosting the tournament, the best possible option surely seems to be playing it in the Gulf. The Indians, who until recently had issues playing in UAE have absolutely no issues now as the previous edition of the IPL was played in UAE along with India.
“None of the Asian Test playing nations expressed interest in hosting the Asia Cup including India and Sri Lanka. So, the members decided the best possible option was UAE and a decision on the venue will be taken in the next one month,” a well-placed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board was quoted saying. “The most important thing is that the ACC now no longer exists and its offices in Kuala Lumpur have been closed down,” the source said.
The source meant that from now on, there would be no Asian Cricket Council (ACC), as all the affairs regarding to the development of Asian Cricket will be handled by the respective representatives in the ICC. “There will be only two people one of them Sultan Rana of Pakistan and a finance officer who will be based in Singapore to coordinate Asian region cricket affairs for the ICC,” the source further added.
Playing the Asia Cup in the Gulf might be an ideal thing, as the presence of large crowds in massive numbers is certain. Currently, the Asia Cup is held by Sri Lanka, who defeated Pakistan in the final of the 2014 edition.