The edition of the Asia Cup 2021 will now be held in 2023 because of the lack of space in a revised cricket calendar due to the COVID-19. Cricket tournaments are changing due to the second wave of coronavirus pandemic challenge, so due to the compact schedule in the cricket calendar, ACC (Asian Cricket Council) decided to hold the Asia Cup of 2021 in 2023.
The Asia Cup tournament was held every two years, last held in 2018 and Rohit Sharma’s India won it against Bangladesh that took place in the UAE. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong Participated in this tournament.
The tournament was supposed to take place in 2020 after 2018 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was re-scheduled in 2021. But this year it has not happened because the schedule of all cricket series has been fixed in advance. Some matches are being rescheduled due to the pandemic of COVID 19. As there is no free space in the cricket calendar, the ACC has decided to hold this tournament in 2023.
“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 ACC Council said in a statement.
“Since then, the ACC has been working with its participants and stakeholders to try and ensure that the event is held in the year.”
“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.”
The Asian Cricket Council Stated In this regard-
The Board has 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 an Asia Cup in 2022. Dates for the same will be confirmed in due course.” the ACC said in the statement.
The last Asia cup was in 2018. Then it was supposed to be in 2020 and 2022. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled to 2021. The T-20 World Cup will be held in October-November this year. There is also an Asia Cup scheduled for 2022. considering the current situation, it shifted to 2023. Pakistan will probably host the 2022 tournament and Sri Lanka will host the 2023 tournament.