The 2021 Asia Cup has been officially postponed two years to 2023 due to the tight international schedule of the main Asian teams. The lack of a window to organize the competition in the next two years forced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to postpone the tournament until 2023.
The celebration of the tournament in 2021 was always in doubt due to a busy schedule, especially for major Asian teams such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh due to the second wave of the pandemic. The continental tournament moved from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, but due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the island nation, the event cancellation it was the only viable option left.
The governing body of Asian cricket issued a statement mentioning working with participants and stakeholders to hold the tournament in 2021. However, given the busy FTP (Future Tours Program), it was a challenge for certain teams to participate in the tournament. tournament.
“Consequently, the Board has considered the matter very carefully and determined that the only way forward would be to postpone the event. Therefore, it would only be feasible for this edition of the tournament to be held in 2023 as there is already an Asia Cup in 2022. The dates for it will be confirmed in due course. “
With the event now being postponed for the second time in a row, which was supposed to start from September 2020, Pakistan is likely to retain the hosting rights for next year’s Asia Cup, while Sri Lanka will take over in 2023. The decision was made before the next World Cup, for which all boards are trying to close things off early to properly prepare for the highly prioritized big event. India is currently the defending champion of the Asian Cup after the team led by Rohit Sharma won the tournament in 2018.