Asia Cup: The super-4 stage of the Asia Cup will be shifted from Colombo, know why!


PC: dnaindia

Due to the threat of rain, the venue of the Asia Cup 2023 final and Super-4 matches may be changed from Colombo to Pallekele. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is currently in discussions with tournament hosts Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to explore the possibility of changing the venue.

SLC has identified three potential locations for consideration: Pallekele, Dambulla, and Hambantota. The six participating teams have also been informed about the possible change in venue.

Pallekele is currently hosting Asia Cup league matches, but this hill town is more prone to rain. There is less chance of rain in Dambulla, located about 70 kilometers away.

However, an SLC official expressed concern about the readiness of the Rangiri International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla to host multiple matches at short notice.

On the other hand, the weather in Hambantota is predicted to be the best in Sri Lanka at this time. The ACC is carefully assessing the readiness of the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota to host Asia Cup matches.

The ACC has a few more days to take a final call as the Colombo leg of the tournament is set to begin on September 9. The Sri Lankan board is determined not to leave the event at the mercy of the weather.