Asia Cup of 2022 is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in August. However, owing to the political turmoil and instability in the country, Sri Lanka is likely to be denied hosting the high-profile tournament. It remains to be seen which county will Asian Cricket Council keep as a backup.
Amid the confusion, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has expressed willingness to host the Asia Cup if the situation arises.
About the preparations as part of the contingency plan to host the Asia Cup, Hassan said it is not the right time to discuss staging the marquee event in Bangladesh.
"Sri Lanka is going through a tough time, which means their board is not in a good condition either. It’s not the right time to ask such a question," Hassan was quoted as saying by The Daily Star
“Time will tell everything. I was supposed to go to India to meet with the ICC [International Cricket Council] president. I don’t think it’s the right time to talk about it. But if the venue changes, Bangladesh will be the first choice.”
Asia Cup is set to commence on August 27 and will involve five-Test sides after the qualifiers for the tournament. In case of a change in venue, the schedule will not be altered. The 2022 edition of the Asia Cup will be in T20 format keeping in view ICC Men's T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia.
The last edition of the Asia Cup took place in 2018 and was in ODI format due to the ICC 2019 ODI World Cup - which was held in England. India won the last Asia Cup after outsmarting Bangladesh in a thrilling contest.