Sri Lanka to host Cricket Asia Cup in August-September 2022

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Sri Lanka will host the 2022 edition of the Asia Cup between 27th August and 11th September 2022, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced after its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Colombo on Saturday.

The Asian Cricket Council ACC President and BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah chaired the meeting and announced the dates for the Asia Cup in 2022.

The Qualifiers for the tournament will accordingly be held from 20th August 2022 onwards.

Sri Lanka Cricket is geared to host this edition of the ACC’s much-awaited marquee tournament after 4 long years.

Sri Lanka were supposed to host the 2020 edition, but Covid-19 pushed the event to 2021 before finally being moved to 2022. Pakistan, who were originally supposed to host the 2022 Asia Cup, now have hosting rights for 2023.

The ACC Members decided that the tenure of the ACC President, and that of the Executive Board along with its Committees will continue until the 2024 AGM.

Addressing the AGM, the ACC President thanked all his esteemed colleagues at the ACC for reposing their faith in him and considering him worthy to carry on all the work they had begun.

“I humbly accept this honor and am committed to working hard with a view to organize, develop and promote our beloved sport of cricket in the region, aiding the ACC to steadily grown in stature,” he said.

“We remain committed towards ensuring the all-round development of cricket in the region, especially carrying forward the pioneering work in women’s cricket and the multiple grassroot tournaments the ACC conducts in the region around the year. The pandemic hopefully is behind us and I am keen that we adapt, innovate and help the ACC grow from strength to strength from hereon.”

The AGM also saw the appointment of Pankaj Khimji, President of Oman Cricket, as Vice-President of the ACC. Mr. Khimji takes on the role from Mr. Mahinda Vallipuram of the Malaysian Cricket Association. The ACC President stated that he looked forward to working with Mr. Khimji towards shaping the future of Asian cricket.

Finally, Qatar Cricket Association (QCA), who had been an Associate Member of the ACC since the year 2000, presented their application to upgrade their Membership to that of Non-Test Playing Full Member status. The ACC Members considered the matter and ratified QCA’s membership upgrade.

In addition to the above, other routine matters of business were also discussed. The Members noted that there was a lot to look forward to for the Asian cricketing community in 2022. The meeting was concluded with a vote of thanks to the chair.

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