This year the Asia Cup is being held for the first time after a long break of almost 4 years. The last Asia Cup was held in 2018. The next tournament was scheduled for 2020, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Back in 2020, Sri Lanka was supposed to become the host of the tournament, but due to the cancellation of the tournament, it was not able to do this. The 2022 tournament was also scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, however, due to the difficult political and economic situation on the island, many doubted that Sri Lanka would be able to host the Asia Cup on its territory.
The Asia Cup Board wanted to move the tournament to the UAE if the situation on the island continues to deteriorate. However, Sri Lanka was able to host the visit of Australian athletes on its territory and has now proved its ability to host the tournament. The tournament will begin on August 27, it will open with Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan match. The Asia Cup will be closed on September 11. It is planned that the Asia Cup 2022 will be the 15th tournament of the AsiaCricket Cup, the matches of which will be held in the format of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in August and September 2022 in Sri Lanka.
Match Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
6 teams will participate in the Asia Cup 2022, 5 of which have already been determined: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The participating teams are already divided into groups in the tournament: Group 1: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Group 2: India, Pakistan, Qualification Team.
The Sri Lanka and Afghanistan cricket teams competition will be held on August 27. Both teams have passed training matches and are ready to play this match in full force.
Prediction and Preview
The teams have already met at the World Cup, where Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by a small margin. Both teams have a strong roster of players and established captains, so it’s too early to make any forecast. However, according to the excitement of fans and some statistics, it can be noted that Sri Lanka is in the lead.
It is also worth noting that Sri Lanka is second in ranking after India in Asia Cup wins. But the Afghan team has never won the Asia Cup.