SLC expresses interest in hosting Asia Cup, decision rests with ACC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced its willingness to host the Asia Cup if the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decides to award the championship to the island nation. This statement comes ahead of the ACC meeting where a decision regarding the six-nation continental tournament is expected to be made.

A senior SLC official stated, “The SLC is fully prepared to host the Asia Cup at short notice. The final decision lies with the ACC.” The discussions surrounding the event have indicated a consensus that there should be a single venue for the tournament.


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has consistently opposed the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which suggests hosting matches in Pakistan and the UAE. A BCCI source reacted to the talks, saying, “Colombo or nothing,” highlighting the logistical challenges as the reason for their opposition. The SLC official added, “We will support the BCCI.” The ACC is expected to hold a formal meeting in the coming days.

It has become evident that the PCB, despite being the designated host, is struggling to gain support for its proposal and is becoming increasingly isolated within the ACC. The SLC, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), all Test-playing members of the ACC, are aligning with the BCCI. In addition, non-Test members such as the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) have been present in Ahmedabad during informal discussions.

The stance of the PCB remains uncertain, but its chairman, Najam Sethi, had previously stated that Pakistan would not participate if it was not allowed to host some matches in the country. The standoff continues, but it is evident that the PCB’s position has been significantly weakened.