Sri Lanka is ready to step in and host the Asia Cup ODI event and the World T20 if the 2 events are pulled out of Bangladesh, a top official told AFP on Friday. The Asia Cup had been planned to be held between February 24 and March 7 in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, which has been hit by violent protests and strikes in the build-up to Sunday`s general election.
Bangladesh is also due to host the 16-nation World T20 event, the nation`s biggest ever sporting event, from March 16 to April 6. The Asian Cricket Council is meeting in Colombo on Saturday to make a decision if the regional competition that features India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh can go ahead in Dhaka.
A spokesperson for the ICC, which owns the event, told AFP recently that the world body was “actively monitoring” the situation in Bangladesh. The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday it was seeking its government`s advice about sending a team for the World T20 due to the continuing political unrest in Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka successfully held the World T20 in 2012, which was won by the West Indies.