The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced on Wednesday that the 2022 Asia Cup would be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) even though Sri Lanka will still serve as the tournament’s official host nation. According to the ACC, the competition has been relocated to the UAE “in light of the current circumstances in Sri Lanka.” Between August 27 and September 11, it will be broadcast.

The ACC said in a statement that it had unanimously decided it would be prudent to move the event from Sri Lanka to the UAE “considering the current circumstances in Sri Lanka.”

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Sri Lanka has been wracked by political and economic unrest. They did, however, previously host Australia in a bilateral series, and they presently welcome Pakistan. The ACC said that it has done all possible to have competition in the nation.

“All efforts were made to hold the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, and only after considerable thought was it decided to change the location to the UAE. While Sri Lanka would continue to have the hosting rights, the UAE will serve as the replacement location “Jay Shah, the ACC president, was cited as saying. Sourav Ganguly, head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had previously said that the event has been transferred from Sri Lanka to the UAE.

The competition will be held in the UAE for the second time in a row as a result. This year, the six-team Asia Cup will feature a T20 competition. India is the reigning champion after taking first place in the competition in 2018, while it was still being contested in the ODI format.