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A source in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said that Sri Lanka is keen to host the next Asia Cup which will start on August 27 this year and is making arrangements for it. The tournament is scheduled for August. Although Sri Lanka is hosting the tournament, questions are being raised as to whether this could still happen as the country is grappling with a major economic crisis.
Sri Lankan cricket officials and the ACC president met in Hyderabad on the sidelines of the IPL final and during the meeting officials said they wanted to host the Asia Cup and were making arrangements for it. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board is keen to host the event and has made its position clear during the meeting, “the source told ANI.
Earlier, ACC president J Shah had told ANI that he would meet SLC officials during the IPL final.
Sources, however, said that a final decision on hosting rights was yet to be taken and other options such as the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh were being considered if Sri Lanka did not host.
“It could start even before its actual date, hopefully a decision will be made in a day or two and the ACC will make a formal announcement,” the source added.
Sri Lanka is grappling with a severe economic crisis with food and fuel shortages that have affected a large number of people on the island nation since the onset of the epidemic.
The economy has been in a deep slump since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has affected tourism, the largest contributor to Sri Lanka’s GDP.
Sri Lanka also faces a shortage of foreign exchange, which has affected its ability to import food and fuel. Shortage of essential commodities forced Sri Lanka to seek help from friendly countries.
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