INDIA: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed that the Asia Cup 2021 will be postponed. In an official statement, ACC stated that the decision of postponing the Asia Cup was taken due to COVID-19 risks. Earlier, the cricket board had postponed the tournament from 2020 to 2021. But, on account of a packed Future Tour Programs (FTP), the Asia Cup was further postponed.
Talking about the tournament, the ACC said, “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.”
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The Asia Cup tournament is played in a gap of two years. Since an Asia Cup is also scheduled for 2022, the pending 2020 edition has been pushed forward to 2023. Sri Lanka will host the 2023 edition of the tournament. Notably, India has won the last two Asia Cup.
Earlier, Asia Cup was supposed to be hosted by Pakistan but due to geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan, the tournament was shifted to Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, all the teams are now planning for their FTPs for the next two years. The Asia Cup will most probably find a slot after the 2023 ICC World Cup. The ACC is yet to make a formal announcement on this.