Sri Lanka Get US $6 Million Despite Losing Asia Cup 2022 Hosting Rights
Mohan de Silva, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), announced that they will earn a magnificent figure of $6 million US. Sri Lanka was originally scheduled to host the Asia Cup but was forced to withdraw due to the country’s ongoing political and economic upheaval.
The Asia Cup 2022 must thus be relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will host the competition from August 27 to September 11. Afghanistan will be Sri Lanka’s opponent in the opening match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
If Sri Lanka had hosted the Asia Cup in 2022, the economy would have benefited: Mohan de Silva. “Sri Lanka will continue to collect the US$2.5 million hosting fee, the US$1.5 million ticket selling fee, and the US$2 million each participating team owes,”
However, this was mostly due to the stakeholders’ scepticism over the country’s current unrest. “Had we hosted it, Sri Lanka’s economy would have benefited from an increase in tourism, and the country’s image would have been enhanced,” he continued.
Sri Lanka is undergoing its worst financial crisis ever, and in reaction to the growing inflation rate, residents have demonstrated against the government in recent months. Even Sri Lanka’s most famous cricketers, like Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, and Kumar Sangakkara, have gone to social media to share their ideas.
Regarding the Asia Cup 2022, it will be played in T20 format as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia. After India’s victory in the 2016 edition, this would be the second time the tournament has been played under this format.
Due to the nature of this year’s tournament, archrivals India and Pakistan may meet each other many times. If both sides proceed to the championship match, they may face each other in the Super 4s of Asia Cup 2022 on September 4 and the final on September 11 after their group match on August 28.
Also Read: Cricket Asia Cup 2022 Schedule