The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Saturday (March 19) announced that the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup (Asia Cup 2022) will be held later this year in Sri Lanka from August 27 to September 11. The decision was taken in the Annual General Meeting was held between the member countries of the ACC at Colombo on Saturday.
Sri Lanka was originally supposed to host the tournament in 2020 before it was postponed twice due to the pandemic. They retained their rights to host the 2022 edition, with Pakistan in line to host the 2023 edition of the tournament.
The tournament will be played in T20 format. Asia Cup 2022 will only be the second occasion when the tournament will be played in the T20 format. The 2016 edition was also played in the T20 format, with India beating Bangladesh in the final in Dhaka.
“The Asia Cup 2022 (T20 Format) will be held in Sri Lanka from 27 August – 11 September later this year. The Qualifiers for the same will be played 20 August 2022 onwards,” ACC tweeted.
The Asia Cup 2022 (T20 Format) will be held in Sri Lanka from 27 August – 11 September later this year. The Qualifiers for the same will be played 20 August 2022 onwards.— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) March 19, 2022
Six teams will feature in Asia Cup 2022 – Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and one more Asian side that will be decided after a qualifying tournament which will be held from August 20. The sixth team to join the tournament will be one of UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong – with each side earning their place in the qualifier by coming either first or second in the ACC regional events in 2020.
Asia Cup started in 1984 and was last played in 2018, which was won by India. India remains the most successful side in the history of the Asia Cup, winning seven of the 14 editions so far, including the last two editions (1984, 1988, 1990/91, 1995, 2010, 2016 and 2018).
Meanwhile, it was also decided that the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s term as the President of Asian Cricket Council has been unanimously extended by a year until the 2024 ACC AGM.