Mumbai, May 23, 2021: Due to the packed international schedule and second covid-19 wave threat, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has officially postponed the Asia Cup 2021 by two years. However, the Asia Cup 2022 will go ahead as scheduled with Pakistan retaining hosting rights for the 2022 edition.
"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", the ACC said in a media release.
"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", it added.
With no Asia Cup this year as well, the tournament has been pushed back for a second straight year after it was originally scheduled to be played in September of last year. Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup 2023 after the Pakistan Cricket Board exchanged hosting rights with Sri Lanka Cricket for the next two editions of the tournament.
The last Asia Cup, which was played in 2018 in UAE, won by India under the leadership of Rohit Sharma in the absence of Virat Kohli. Since 2016, the tournament has alternated between the T20I and ODI format accordingly to ICC tournaments. the 2018's event was played in ODI format ahead of ICC ODI World Cup in 2019.