Sri Lanka will host the 2022 Asia Cup, which will be a T20 competition on this occasion, between August 27 and September 11. The dates and the host were announced after an AGM on Saturday between the member nations. A Test team from each of the five participating countries – Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh – will play in this event, along with another Asian team that will be decided after a qualifying tournament from August 20. The Asia Cup, which usually alternates between ODI and T20I formats, was last played in 2018 and won by India. The pandemic, however, forced the postponement of the 2020 edition.
The 2020 edition was scheduled to be hosted by Sri Lanka, but Covid-19 pushed the event to 2021 before the Final was finally moved to 2022. Pakistan, which was originally scheduled to host the 2022 Asia Cup, is now set to host the 2023 edition. Sixth place in the qualifier will go to either the UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong, with each participating team earning their spot if they place first or second in the ACC regional events in 2020.
Since the first Asia Cup took place in Sharjah in 1984, the upcoming tournament will be its 15th edition. Defending champions India are the most successful team, winning seven times including the lone T20I edition in 2016. Sri Lanka have won five times.
Jay Shah’s tenure as ACC president extends by one year
Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, was unanimously elected to continue as the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) President for another year until 2024 during the AGM. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Shammi Silva had proposed Shah’s extension and it was unanimously approved by all the other members. The ACC wrote on Twitter:
Shah took over from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan as the ACC president in January of 2020. He will hold the position till the council’s 2024 AGM. Mahinda Vallipuram of Malaysia Cricket Association was named chairman of the developing committee and Pankaj Khimji of Oman Cricket Board was named vice-president of ACC.