The 2021 edition of the Asia Cup has been officially postponed and pushed back to 2023. The conduct of the tournament had been in doubt owing to the packed international schedule and the logistical challenges of the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) hand to reschedule the multi-team event.
“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 in a media release. “Since then, the ACC has been working with its participants and stakeholders to try and ensure that the event is held in the year. Jsk247
“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.”
ACC’s decision to defer the tournament means the biennial event has been pushed back for a second straight year. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in September of last year. The council then contemplated a June window in 2021 to play the tournament with Sri Lanka playing hosts after the Pakistan Cricket Board exchanged hosting rights with Sri Lanka Cricket for the next two editions of the tournament. As things stand, Pakistan will retain hosting rights for the 2022 edition, with Sri Lanka taking over for the 2023 season.
Since 2016, the Asia Cup has alternated between the T20I and ODI format. Online Betting Id The tournament hasn’t been hosted by Pakistan since 2008. Sri Lanka hosted the 2010 edition while the next three editions were held in Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma’s India won the the last Asia Cup in 2018, a tournament that took place in the UAE.