Asia Cup 2023 could be held in Sri Lanka following India’s dispute with Pakistan.
The Asia Cup 2023 hosting dispute has recently dominated the news. After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rejected the idea to play in Pakistan because to political concerns between the two nations, there have been various rumors that the tournament could be staged elsewhere.
Furthermore, after a hybrid concept of the tournament proposed in which India would play their matches outside of Pakistan, the BCCI initially accepted but later rejected it, further complicating matters. With no viable solution in sight, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is considering moving the tournament out of Pakistan.
According to the Indian Express, Sri Lanka is now the favorite to host the Asia Cup in 2023. The final verdict is likely before the end of May. With the support of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for the event to be relocate from Pakistan. Sri Lanka may seen hosting the big tournament and putting an end to the protracted saga.
However, the Men in Green’s involvement is currently unknown. Various stories claiming that they may boycott the event if Pakistan is denied hosting rights.
With the event set to begin in September 2023, the United Arab Emirates again mention as a possible host. However, when it stage in the UAE in 2018, the playing conditions were found to be too severe for the players, putting the case to rest.
Pakistan’s inclusion in jeopardy
With the ODI World Cup schedule to play in India shortly after the Asia Cup. The various participants will be treating the competition as a sort of warm-up. If rumors of Pakistan boycotting the Asia Cup are to be believe, questions about their participation in the World Cup may also be raise.
With the ACC expected to identify the tournament’s official hosts in the coming weeks, only time will tell how the month-long odyssey will end.