Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva has reportedly confirmed that the 2021 edition of the Asia Cup has been called off due to the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to reporters regarding the fate of the Asian tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive De Silva revealed that Sri Lanka will not be organising the Asia Cup 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva told reporters.
He said the event might have to be put back until after the 2023 50-over World Cup because most teams have already planned schedules for the next two years.
Due to the devastation caused by the recent COVID-19 surge, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the sixth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) were suspended indefinitely earlier this year.
The Sri Lanka government also announced a ban on flights coming from overseas for a period of 10 days.
The Sri Lankan team is currently in Bangladesh preparing to play a 3-match ODI series in Dhaka. Interestingly, the SLC has not announced to cancel the England series that is supposed to take place in June itself.
The England team will travel to Sri Lanka to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from June 23.The tournament was scheduled to be played in Pakistan but the BCCI had said that they won’t be touring to Pakistan for any cricket matches, thus the tournament had to be shifted to Sri Lanka which now stands cancelled.