DUBAI: The 2021 edition of the Asia Cup will now be held in 2023 due to a lack of window in a rejigged cricket calendar that is constantly subject to change amid an evolving COVID-19 situation.
This year’s continental tournament was moved from Pakistan to Sri Lanka but rising cases in the island nation had led to its cancellation.
With all the big four Asian sides having packed schedules until the end of the year, finding a window for the tournament this year would have been extremely difficult.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) issued a statement in this regard.
“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,” the ACC said in the statement.
This year’s tournament would have been a T20 affair prior to the T20 World Cup in India later in October-November.