The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has announced that this year’s Asia Cup tournament will be moved from Pakistan to Sri Lanka. This decision comes as a major setback for Pakistan, which was originally slated to host the tournament.
The ACC cited “logistical challenges” as the reason for the change in venue, which was made after a meeting of the governing body’s executive board. The decision was reportedly made in consultation with all participating countries.
This is not the first time that Pakistan has been forced to give up hosting rights for the Asia Cup. In 2018, the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in India but was moved to the UAE due to political tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Asia Cup is a biennial tournament featuring the top cricket teams from Asia. The tournament was last held in 2018 when India emerged as the champion. The 2020 edition of the tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACC has not yet announced the new dates for the tournament or the schedule of matches. However, the move to Sri Lanka is expected to be welcomed by cricket fans in the region, as the country has a strong cricketing culture and has hosted several major international tournaments in the past.