Bangladesh is on standby to host Asia Cup amid political crisis in Sri Lanka, ACC will decide venue soon: Reports

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The 2022 Asia Cup could be moved from Sri Lanka to Bangladesh

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  • The venue for the 2022 Asia Cup is still unclear
  • The ACC named Bangladesh as a stanby host
  • The political crisis in Sri Lanka could force change in the area
With the political crisis in Sri Lanka showing no signs of settling down, new doubts have grown over the feasibility of the 2022 Asia Cup taking place in the country. While the Island nation has been awarded the hosting rights for the largest cricket tournament in Asia, much uncertainty remains as to whether they can host the elite event.
According to the report of Sportstar, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) keeps Bangladesh on standby to host the tournament. The continent’s governing body of sport is expected to call the same later this month.

“The ACC is monitoring the situation and will make a decision at its meeting later this month, keeping all factors in mind,” a source told Sportstar.

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Recently, Sri Lanka successfully hosted the Australian team in an all-format series. The Indian Women team also completed the country tour last month which saw them play 3 T20Is and as many ODIs.

The Asia Cup is set to be played in this year’s T20I format and starts on August 27. It is set to give all teams the perfect preparation for this year’s T20 World Cup which will take place in Australia from 16th October.
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Those like India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan have earned direct qualification. Sixth place will go to the winner in the qualification round that starts on August 20th. The UAE, Nepal, Kuwait, and Hong Kong are the four teams participating in the race to qualify for the main draw.