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Asia Cup 2021 Officially Push Back By Two Years

The Asia Cup’s 2021 edition has been officially postponed and rescheduled for 2023.

Second Wave Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

The tournament’s fate has been in doubt due to the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) decision to defer the multi-team event due to the busy international schedule and logistical issues posed by the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Council Statement

“The ACC Executive Board, in face of the risks and restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, had made the difficult decision to postpone the Asia Cup 2020 to 2021,” the council said.

“Since then, the ACC has been working with its participants and stakeholders to try and ensure that the event is held in the year.

“However, on account of a packed FTP, it has been concluded that there is no practical window in the year when all the teams would be available to participate. The Board has accordingly considered the matter very carefully and determined that the only way ahead would be to postpone the event. It would therefore only be feasible for this edition of the tournament to be held in 2023 as there is already an Asia Cup in 2022. Dates for the same will be confirmed in due course.”

Switched Hosting Rights With Sri Lanka Cricket

The competition was supposed to take place in September of last year, but it was postponed following this the Pakistan Cricket Board switched hosting rights with Sri Lanka Cricket for the following two editions of the tournament, the council considered a June window in 2021 to play the event with Sri Lanka as hosts.

The Tournament

The tournament hasn’t been held in Pakistan since2008. Sri Lanka hosted the 2010 edition, followed by Bangladesh for the next three editions. Rohit Sharma’s India won the most recent Asia Cup in2018, which was held in the United Arab Emirates.

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