The 2021 Asia Cup has been canceled after host nation Sri Lanka continues to witness an increase in COVID cases. The last Asia Cup was last held in 2018, and this year it was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, but Ashley de Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket revealed that the tournament is not possible to hold the tournament at this time under these circumstances. .
“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year.”
The Sri Lankan government also imposed a 10-day international travel ban that would not allow people to arrive and leave the country. Pakistan was supposed to host this tournament, but due to the political situation between India and Pakistan, India was unlikely to travel. This scenario led Sri Lanka to obtain hosting rights. It is also reported that this tournament will not take place anytime soon and could resume after the 2023 World Cup as the schedule for the next two years is full.
A formal announcement is also expected from the Asian Cricket Council led by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team is currently in Bangladesh to play three ODI series of matches. This is the second time this tournament has been postponed in two years. It will be difficult for the organizers to find another window in the next two years.
Although the Asian Cup has been canceled, there will be international cricket organized by the country in the next two months. India will play Sri Lanka for a white ball series comprising three ODI and three T20 matches. The team has yet to be announced for the series, but it seems likely that Rahul Dravid will be the head coach of the Indian team for this series, as Ravi Shastri would go with the other Indian side who will play in the WTC. final and the test series against England.