ACC mulls moving Asia Cup from Bangla

Organisers of Asia Cup will hold talks next month to decide whether to move February’s tournament out of violence-plagued Bangladesh, a top official said on Thursday.

Asian Cricket Council chief executive Syed Ashraful Haque said the council would meet in Colombo on January 4 to discuss alternative venues in light of the growing unrest in Bangladesh. “As of now the Asia Cup will be held in Bangladesh as scheduled,” Haque told AFP.

“However, if the participating countries see that the security situation in Bangladesh prevailing at that time is not convenient for that, the question of shifting the venue arises. The alternative venue, as prevalent in every international tournament, will be decided in our meeting on January 4.”

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are due to take part in the 50-over one-day tournament from February 24 to March 7. All the matches are scheduled to take place in Dhaka, which has been badly hit by violent protests and strikes in the build-up to a general election on January 5.

Bangladesh is also due to host the World Twenty20 from March 16 to April 6, although the president of the national cricket board has admitted the violence could prevent the tournament from going ahead as planned.

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