The Asia Cup is on the verge of being cancelled, with Sri Lanka claiming that it would be unable to host the event due to COVID-19

The 2021 Asia Cup has been canceled owing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in numerous participating countries.

According to reports, Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva acknowledged the tournament’s cancellation and stated that an official statement will be made shortly. The Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket competition, which was planned to take place in Sri Lanka in June, has been canceled because of the region’s escalating COVID 19 issue, a major organizer said on Wednesday (May 19).

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the competition has already been postponed.  With Sri Lanka stating their unwillingness to host the competition, the Asia Cup is almost probably over for this year. Other Asian countries are also affected by the pandemic, with India suffering the most. Pakistan is already considering hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 in the UAE, while Bangladesh is also unable to host more tournaments in June.

“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” Ashley de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive told reporters. Most teams have already scheduled their itineraries for the next two years, he believes the tournament will have to be postponed until the 2023 50-over World Cup. De Silva stated that the Asian Cricket Council will make an official statement shortly. In recent weeks, coronavirus infections have spread fast across South Asia, prompting numerous countries to restrict flights from the region.

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