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We are ready to host Asia Cup Qualifiers as well: Sri Lanka Cricket

Written by N Krishnamurthy

While the rest of the cricketing world, including India, is still finding it difficult to resume the national players training even, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is constantly making big claims to prepare enough to organize all sort of cricket: franchise T20 leagues (LPL, IPL), Asia Cup, India, Bangladeh series. Likewise, now the SLC has said that if situation arises, the board is ready to host Asia Cup qualifier tournament as well.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) qualifiers tournament consists four associate nations – UAE, Singapore, Hongkong, Kuwait.

“Qualifiers will be played before the Asia cup. If the ACC  won’t be able to conduct qualifier round matches in Malaysia, we are ready to host that as well” a top SLC administrator told Cricket Age.

Cricket Age had published on June 8 that the SLC has received the green light to host the Asia Cup T20 tournament from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The tournament was set to be hosted by Pakistan in UAE in September, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has not been brought under control, they are facing difficulty in hosting the event.

“We had a discussion with PCB and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation” a top SLC administrator told Cricket Age on June 8.

The tournament will involve six teams – five full members (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan) – and one qualifier (winner of the qualifying tournament to be played among other Asian nations). India is the defending champion.


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