Asia Cup 2022: Tournament officially shifted to UAE; Sri Lanka keeps hosting rights

Xtra Time Web Desk: The upcoming Asia Cup 2022 tournament will be held in UAE with the hosting rights remaining with Sri Lanka, announced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Wednesday. In a press release, the ACC confirmed that the event will be played between August 27 and September 11. It added that Sri Lanka will retain hosting rights for the tournament despite UAE being the new venue.

It must be noted that few days, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had already stated that UAE will host the event.

“Asia Cup will be in UAE, as it is the only place where there won’t be rains,” Ganguly told reporters after the Board’s Apex Council meeting in Mumbai.

The six teams have been divided in two groups with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh slotted together. Meanwhile, India, Pakistan and the Qualifier will be placed in the other group. United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuwait will compete for the final spot in the qualifiers.

The tournament will be played in a T20 format in a bid to help teams prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.