“Negative Publicity”: Sri Lanka Cricket On Reason Behind Shifting Of Asia Cup To UAE

Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the UAE after the tournament was moved from Sri Lanka due to the ongoing economic crisis in the country. Sri Lanka will host the competition this year, but the tournament will continue in the UAE. The schedule for the tournament has been announced and in the opener, Sri Lanka will face Afghanistan, while India will face Pakistan on August 28.

“They felt that the situation in Sri Lanka was not conducive to gaining the trust of the stakeholders. Not only the member countries, but a tournament of this magnitude requires other stakeholders such as the broadcasters, sponsors, etc.”, ESPNcricinfo quoted. SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva during a media briefing.

“What they felt was that the negative publicity that was being shown around the world, with the gas queues and all, was not helping our cause,” he added.

Speaking further about the Asian Cup, Ashley de Silva, CEO of SEL said: “Sponsors found it difficult to insure themselves, and the security clearance for broadcast crews to enter Sri Lanka was also an issue. The delegates who wanted to come from the other countries were also unwilling to come.”

Earlier, while announcing the relocation of the Asia Cup from Sri Lanka to the UAE, Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah said: “Given the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC has unanimously concluded after extensive deliberation that it would be appropriate are to move the tournament from Sri Lanka to the UAE,” the ACC said in a statement. “Every effort has been made to host the Asian Cup in Sri Lanka and the decision to move the venue to the UAE has been made after much deliberation. The UAE will be the new venue, while Sri Lanka will retain the hosting rights.”

“We were really looking forward to welcoming our Asian neighbors to Sri Lanka for the highly anticipated Asian Cup. While I fully support the ACC’s decision to move the Asian Cup to the UAE, given the current context and the magnitude of The event, Sri Lanka Cricket will work closely with the ACC and Emirates Cricket Board to ensure we still have an exciting edition of the Asia Cup,” said Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Shammi Silva.

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The T20 tournament will be played from August 27 to September 11.

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