Asia Cup 2021 called off following an increase of COVID cases in Sri Lanka

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The 2021 edition of the Asia Cup, which was slated to be held in Sri Lanka next month, has been called off due to the rising surge of coronavirus cases in the nation. 

Asia Cup 2021 called off following an increase of COVID cases in Sri Lanka

Pakistan was initially given the hosting rights for the event, but due to the ever-present political tension with neighbours India, Sri Lanka were declared as the hosts for the event.

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But due to the recent events where more than 2000 cases have been reported for the tenth straight day, Sri Lanka cricket CEO Ashely de Silva proclaimed that the tournament has to be scraped off.

“Due to the prevailing situation, it will not be possible to play the tournament in June this year,” de Silva told reporters

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Moreover, due to the volatile situation, the Sri Lankan government has imposed a 10-day ban on International air travel.

The future hosting window for the tournament looks bleak as the teams are busy planning their FTPs, leaving a possible date for the event to be held only after the 2023 World Cup.

Jay Shah, who leads the Asian Cricket Council is yet to issue a comment on the issue.

Asia Cup was last held in 2018, in the United Arab Emirates where India retained their title following a nervy win over Bangladesh in the final.

Team India are set to tour their neighbouring nation with a second-string squad for a full-fledged limited-overs series in July which includes three ODIs and five T20Is.

On the other hand, the Sri Lankan national team is currently touring Bangladesh to compete in a limited-overs series comprising of three ODIs.

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