Asia Cup 2021: ACC postpones this year’s Asia Cup to 2023 due to Covid-19

Asia Cup 2021: ACC postpones this year's Asia Cup to 2023 due to Covid-19. The tournament will be held for consecutive years in 2022, 2023.
Asia Cup 2021: ACC postpones this year's Asia Cup to 2023 due to Covid-19. The tournament will be held for consecutive years in 2022, 2023.

Asia Cup 2021: The upcoming Asia Cup 2021 has been postponed to 2023 due to COVID-19. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said that there is already an Asia Cup scheduled to take place in 2022. As a result, the 2021 edition of the tournament is postponed to 2023.

In a statement, the ACC Executive Board said, “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.”

“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.

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Pakistan is likely to host the 2022 edition of the tournament, with Sri Lanka hosting in 2023, as per ESPNcricinfo.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani had confirmed that the Asia Cup slated to be held in June this year was likely to be postponed if India managed to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship.

“Asia Cup was set to go last year but it got postponed to this year. Right now, it looks like Asia Cup won’t be going ahead this year as the WTC finals are set to go ahead in June. Sri Lanka had said that they would try to host the tournament in June,” Mani had told reporters in Karachi during a press conference.

“The dates are clashing. We think the tournament would not be going ahead, and we might have to push the tournament to 2023,” he added.

There has not been an Asia Cup after 2018. The tournament planned for 2020 had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. India has managed to win the last two editions of the tournament.

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