Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)

Sri Lankan cricket board is keen to start the Asia Cup T20 Cricket on the changed dates of August 24 to September 7, 2022, and sought consent from participating nations on the fresh decision.

The 18th Asia Cup, which had been postponed twice previously, is finally set to begin on August 24 in Sri Lanka, with the continent’s six teams competing for the title. The recent economic instability in Sri Lanka which is the host country of the event has forced the ACC to consider multiple options including adjustments to the dates.

Captains pose with the Asia Cup Trophy. (Photo: Twitter)
Captains pose with the Asia Cup Trophy. (Photo: Twitter)

Sri Lankan Cricket Board Keen To Start Asia Cup T20I On Revised Dates Of August 24 To September 7

The Asia Cup is to be participated by Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, host city Sri Lanka and one of the qualifiers could start on the new date of August 24. The tournament final is set to be held on September 7.

“Adjustments in the dates are made following a request received by the SL Board from a couple of participating teams including Pakistan on the possible clash of international fixtures. Pakistan is to host England for seven T20 Internationals in the latter part of September.

“If Asia Cup goes ahead on the new dates of August 24 and ends on September 7, it would be perfect dates from Pakistan’s perspective as the team will be back home well in time for the start of the T20 series against England,” a source said.

With Sri Lanka continuing to reel under economic and political crisis, the country’s cricket board is expected to propose to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to shift the Asia Cup out of the island. United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh are the potential alternatives with the former tipped to be the frontrunner.

Asia Cup 2022 — Geo.tv
Asia Cup 2022 — Geo. tv

The tournament that usually alternates between ODI and T20 cricket formats was last played in 2018 and won by India. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the postponement of the 2020 edition. Sri Lanka was supposed to host the 2020 edition but the pandemic first pushed the event to 2021 before finally being moved to 2022.

Pakistan Has The Hosting Rights For The 2023 Asia Cup

Pakistan, which was originally supposed to host the 2022 Asia Cup has the hosting rights for the 2023 edition. Besides the top five cricket playing Asian countries, a qualifier will join the top teams for the Asia Cup.

Pakistan cricketers are facing a heavy cricketing schedule in the run-up to the 2022 T20I World Cup to be held in Australia in November. The England series is set to begin on or around September 15th. Pakistan and England will play seven Twenty20 matches, which might last until the first week of October.

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby

Pakistan, Bangladesh, and hosts New Zealand are to figure in the tri-series ahead of the 2022 World Cup T20I in Australia. India won the latest edition of the Asia Cup competition, which alternates between ODI and T20I cricket formats. India, with seven titles (six ODI and one T20), is the most successful team in the tournament.

The defending champions India retained their title, after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final in 2018. India did not suffer a single defeat in the tournament, with 2 wins each against Pakistan & Bangladesh, a solitary win against Hong Kong, and a tie with Afghanistan. Shikhar Dhawan was the top run-getter with 342 runs in 5 matches and was awarded Man of the Series.