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Asia Cup matches may be moved from Colombo to Hambantota

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Asia Cup games set to move from Colombo to Hambantota

The Asia Cup will be held in Hambantota, a coastal town in southern Sri Lanka. Due to the island nation’s weather conditions, all Super 4 games and the final, which were originally scheduled for Colombo, will now be held in Hambantota.

This change has been communicated to all participating teams, and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is expected to make an official announcement soon. Teams from Pakistan who have finished their last league games will travel to Hambantota. The Indian team will now relocate to Pallekele.

According to information obtained by Live Cricket Score, hosting the matches in the UAE was also a possibility. However, this choice was ultimately rejected due to worries for the players’ wellbeing. Given the extreme conditions, playing in the sweltering and intense heat of the UAE just three weeks before the World Cup would pose serious health risks for the players.

The weather patterns in Hambantota have also been taken into consideration by the ACC. In comparison to Colombo, which served as the Super 4 stage’s original location, it has been noted that the precipitation levels there are significantly more favourable. In Hambantota, it is reportedly only 20% likely that it will rain in the next 10 days, compared to over 50% in Colombo.

The ACC is obviously facing significant logistical challenges as a result of moving the entire tournament, but the continental body handled the task with military precision. The ACC has had time to prepare since the next game in Sri Lanka isn’t until September 9.

 

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