NEW DELHI: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is considering relocating the
Asia Cup Super Four
matches due to the severe rains that have been pounding
matches and the final have been set for Colombo beginning September 9, but there are no prospects of the weather improving.
In this regard, the ACC is now in talks with
Sri Lanka Cricket
(SLC) and event host
Pakistan Cricket Board
) about possible venue changes.
According to the PTI, three locations are being considered: Pallekele, Dambulla, and Hambantota.
The six competing teams have also been notified of the potential change of venue.
Pallekele is now hosting Asia Cup league matches, but the likelihood of rain in this highland town is also high.
Dambulla is around 70 km from Pallekele, and the city has far lower chances of rain.
A SLC official, however, stated that the Rangiri International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla may not be ready to host so many matches on such short notice.
The weather at Hambantota is expected to be the best in Sri Lanka at the time, and the ACC is closely monitoring the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium’s readiness to host Asia Cup matches.
Given that the Colombo leg begins just on September 9, the ACC has a couple of days to make a final decision, but the Sri Lankan board did not want to leave the event to the mercy of the conditions.
Sri Lanka was roped in as the Asia Cup co-host following the hybrid format recommended by then PCB chief
“The tournament will be hosted in a hybrid model with four matches being held in Pakistan, and the remaining nine matches being played in Sri Lanka,” the ACC had stated in June.
(With inputs from PTI)