The Asia Cup 2022 is three weeks away with UAE all set to host the prestigious event from 27th August till 11th September.

Earlier the tournament was supposed to be held in Sri Lanka. However, economic turmoil in the country forced Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to shift the base to the UAE, which hosted the previous edition as well. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) secretary has revealed that Sri Lanka would still generate revenue.

The island nation is facing the worst economic crisis in its history. The country is debt-ridden, with no fuel and food for its citizen.

Despite the crisis, the country successfully hosted series against Pakistan and Australia. If the Asia Cup had remained in Sri Lanka, it would have done the country a huge favour by generating mind-blowing revenue, which was the need of the hour.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board secretary also expressed his disappointment in missing out on a great opportunity to generate revenue but still assured that the country would receive $6 million in revenue from the tournament.

While the event was shifted, the hosting rights is with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.

The money generated from hosting rights, ticket sales, and participating fee will go to the SLC.

SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said, “Sri Lanka will still receive the US$ 2.5 million hosting fee, 1.5 million ticket sale fees and 2 million fee for being one of the participating nations.”

The secretary further said that they would make less money as the event has been shifted.

He said that the stakeholders were not confident in the Island nation’s ability to host the event.

He said, “Our economy would have been boosted by hosting the tournament.”

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