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Due to the ongoing political and economic situation in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has told the Asian Cricket Council that it will be unable to host the forthcoming Asia Cup, which is slated to take place in August and September of this year.
"Sri Lankan cricket has conveyed that due to the existing political and economic situation in their country, specially where foreign exchange is concerned, it is not an ideal situation for them to host such a mega-event of six teams in the island," an ACC source was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Despite the fact that no formal confirmation has been made by the SLC, it is reported that Sri Lanka will contact the UAE to host the multi-nation event.
However, the UAE may not be the sole alternative option, as the venue may be relocated to any other Asian country.
"UAE is not the final replacement venue, it could be some other country, even India as the ACC, Sri Lanka cricket will first have to talk with Emirates Cricket Board officials to get final approval for the event," the official said.
Moreover, Bangladesh has very slim chances to host the Asia Cup, according to BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
The ACC is expected to make a statement regarding this issue in the next few days.