The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup, will be a T20I competition this time. It will be held in Sri Lanka between August 27 and September 11. The dates and the host were announced after an AGM was held between the member countries on Saturday. The Asia Cup usually juggles between ODI and T20I formats. It was last played in 2018 and won by India. The pandemic, however, forced the postponement of the 2020 edition.
All five Test teams – hosts Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will feature in the tournament. One more Asian side will be decided after a qualifying tournament which will be held from 20, August 2022. The sixth team to join the tournament will be UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong. Each side has earned its place in the qualifier by coming either first or second in the ACC regional events in 2020.
Why did the Asia Cup get delayed?
Sri Lanka was supposed to host the 2020 edition, but Covid-19 pushed the event to 2021. But the ICC T20 world cup 2020 was too postponed to 2021 and the IPL second leg happening in September 2021 filled all the playing slots of the year. So the Asia Cup was finally postponed further to 2022. Pakistan who was originally supposed to host the 2022 Asia Cup, now has hosting rights for 2024. The upcoming Asia Cup will be the 15th edition. The inaugural edition happened way back in 1984 in Sharjah. Defending champions India are the most successful team. India has won it seven times including the solo T20I edition in 2016. The second most successful team is Srilanka having won the competition five times
Jay Shah To Continue As ACC President
During the AGM, it was unanimously decided that Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, will continue as the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) President for one more year till 2024. Pankaj Khimji of Oman Cricket Board was appointed the vice-president of ACC and Mahinda Vallipuram of Malaysia Cricket Association was named the chairman of the developing committee.
“ACC would like to congratulate Qatar Cricket Association, who membership has been upgraded from Associate to ACC Full Member status,”ACC tweeted