Sri Lanka Cricket has said that difficulties in procuring insurance, as well as logistical and security concerns were some of the issues raised by sponsors and broadcasters that led to the Asia Cup being shifted from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates.
The Asia Cup 2022 will now be played in the UAE after the tournament was moved out of Sri Lanka due to ongoing economic crisis in the country.
The schedule has been announced for the tournament, and in the opener, Sri Lanka will square off against Afghanistan while India while take on Pakistan on August 28.
SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said in a media briefing, “They felt that the situation in Sri Lanka was not conducive to garner the confidence of the stakeholders, 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.”
The T20 tournament will be played from August 27 to September 11.