The cancelled Asia Cup 2021 will be held in 2023, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confimred on Sunday.
However, the tournament, which was earlier scheduled to take place in June this year in Sri Lanka, was postponed owing to the global pandemic novel COVID-19. The ACC further added that the tournament cannot be taken place earlier due to the lack of a window for it during a full packed cricket calendar.
“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,” said the ACC in a statement.
It is also noteworthy that, the tournament had originally been slated to be played in Pakistan but the relation between India and Pakistan and India’s unwillingness to travel to the country led to the tournament being shifted to Sri Lanka, where it was scheduled to take place in September 2020. However, the tournament was earlier postponed for the first time due to the global pandemic as well.
Asia Cup can’t take place before 2023 because of the packed schedule
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“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. Since then, the ACC has been working with its participants and stakeholders to try and ensure that the event is held in the year,” further added the ACC.
“However, on account of a packed FTP [Future Tours Programme], 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 concluded.