The Asia Cup 2022 venue has been finally finalized. After a lot of speculation surrounding the venue, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided that the tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Asia Cup 2022 was originally scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka but has to be shifted to UAE because of the economic and political crisis in the island nation.
Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva Admitted Asian Cricket Council Felt Sri Lanka’s Situation Wasn’t Conductive
With conditions in Sri Lanka showing little signs of improvement, the ACC, on Wednesday, said that it has unanimously decided to relocate the tournament to the UAE.
The tournament is scheduled to be held from August 27 to September 11. A total of six teams will participate in the competition. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh will be joined by one more team — UAE, Kuwait, Singapore, or Hong Kong.
“They felt that the situation in Sri Lanka was not conducive to garner the confidence of the stakeholders,” Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva said in a media briefing.“Not only the member countries, but a tournament of this magnitude requires other stakeholders, like the broadcasters, sponsors, etc. What they felt was that the negative publicity shown all over the world, with the petrol queues and all that, didn’t help our cause.”
“Sponsors were finding it difficult to get insured, and the security clearance for broadcast crews to enter Sri Lanka was also an issue. The delegates who wanted to come from the other countries also weren’t prepared to come,” explained Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva.
“The sponsors of the franchises had concerns about coming to Sri Lanka. A sponsorship deal not only entails sponsoring the side, but then the sponsors also need to be able to travel around the country freely. Sponsors come to give prominence to their brands, and they felt that at this time this sort of tournament would not give them the necessary mileage.”
“This would have been done a long time ago if it was some other country. All the other countries were very supportive of having the tournament here, which is why they kept on delaying a final decision.”“But they felt a tournament of this magnitude, looking at the current situation, could not have been played here. They didn’t want to take any chances, because if the tournament got canceled, all the members would have had to fund ACC for the next two years.”
Sri Lanka Cricket To Receive Substantial Sum From ACC For Being Hosts Although Asia Cup 2022 Would Be Held In UAE
“Generally the revenue generated from the broadcast and ground rights goes to the ACC, who at the end of the tournament distributes these funds to the member countries that participate in this tournament. That is between 2-3 million, based on the profit which the tournament generates.”“Of the rest of the funds, part of it is given to the host of the tournament. From this we’re supposed to provide the accommodation and conduct the whole tournament in the country. That comes as host fee. And the hosts what they normally get is only the ticket money – this is the profit that the host board makes.”
“So this $ 2.5 million would have gone towards accommodation for the players, officials, and also for logistical expenses related to the tournament. We would have ended up making a maximum of about $200,000-300,000. On top of that we would have also made some revenue from the ticket sales. And then there’s the distribution fund that all the teams would have got.”
“Now, the UAE will only get the ticket sales, which is what they will use to conduct the entire tournament. We [Sri Lanka] will still get the host fee. In addition to that, the UAE has also promised to give us another $ 1.5 million from the ticket sales.”
“If you look at it, we would have created a lot of awareness about the country and brought in a lot of tourism into the country, if the situation was normal and we held the tournament here. So economically the country also would have benefitted. But nevertheless, the funds we’re generating now will also end up coming into Sri Lanka.”