Sri Lanka news January 3, 2014

Sri Lanka offer to host Asia Cup, World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sri Lanka have offered to host this year's Asia Cup and the World Twenty20 as an alternative to Bangladesh, the scheduled hosts.

Bangladesh's right to host both events is in danger following violence caused by political strikes and blockades in the country. In December, the West Indies Under-19 team pulled out of their tour and returned home after an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong.

As a result, there is some early anxiety over the year's first international fixture in the country, a bilateral series against Sri Lanka this month, which starts on January 27. The Asia Cup is to be held between February 24 and March 7, with the World T20 starting nine days later.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that while it is ready to host the two events at short notice, their own tour to Bangladesh hinges on security advice.

"We are ready to host the Asia Cup if the ACC wants another venue," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told AFP. "We have the grounds and the necessary infrastructure to host an event like that at short notice. We are also ready to host the World Twenty20 if we are asked."

An Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Colombo on Saturday will discuss the security situation in Bangladesh, with the BCB having prepared a detailed security report for the regional body.

The Pakistan Cricket Board, meanwhile, has also said it will seek its government's directive regarding a trip to Bangladesh, after a protest group tried to march towards the Pakistan High Commission late last month.

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  • on January 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    both World T20 and Asia cup should be removed from Bangladesh or else Pakistan Should not participate, our players lives are also precious.

  • on January 9, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    yes if it is not Bangladesh, it should be Sri Lanka. With ground facilities & everything can be found in well inside SL. Other than that, as there is no political or racial issues in SL all the other countries are also comfortable to come & play. Yes next option should be UAE as a neutral venue. Any hope both these two series will take place in Bangla or SL & thanks for the comments pakistani friends!

  • on January 6, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I don't think bangladesh is unsafe for cricket. The people who are saying that it should be in uae, have not watched 2011 world cup.

  • ajithabey on January 6, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Good initiative by SL offering to host these tournaments. If an Asian Country is in trouble mainly due to politics,other Asian countries should try to assist in conducting these tournaments. It would have been good to invite Nepal too for the Asia cup after their fine performances in the recent past

  • ZCFOutkast on January 5, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Not SL! I suspect the ICC, particularly guys like BCCI,CA,NZC,CSA&ECB are all quiet in the knowledge that a last minute alternative venue will inevitably have to be organised, and because Ind,NZ,Aus&Eng are all taken care of in terms of international events, South Africa is secretly on standby. That's why they were "shortchanged" in the allocations of world cups over the next few years.

    The best thing I feel is for BD to act swiftly&swap the WC with ZIM(used to conditions) so that at least they will host the next qualifiers, which will give them a much greater chance of qualifying for the main tournament easily twice, as the other teams will no doubt be stronger by then. ENG have no reason to boycott ZIM now after the likes of Aus-A,NZ,SA-A&Pak have played there recently, while SL had no problem in fulfilling the cancelled tour.

    Only factor might be upgrading Mutare Sports Club for the 3rd venue, but there's enough time for small improvements. Otherwise expect this T20WC to be in SA.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    we want to Asia cup & w t 20 cup in Bangladesh.ICC & Acc please don't refused us. Bangladesh people are weekends in cricket.people are watching cricket without Politices mind .we have strong security situation .we love cricket.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    As a Pakistani I wud Love the events to be conducted in Pakistan. But due to situations here if not Possible then let it be Srilanka. Srilankans are great people with open hearts and Marvelous conduct. Just Love this nation. A true Love from Pakistan :)

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    The political hiccup will all end after the Jan 5th elections.

    I would request patience from the entire world. Bangladesh will host both the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20, and the touring Sri Lankan team.

    This is our year for cricket, not Sri Lanka's, and not any other nation's.

  • Baundele on January 4, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Bangladesh has got political unrest at the moment; but no terrorism. So, no cricket team will be targeted, and the government is quite capable of ensuring security. Once the election (tomorrow, 05.01) is over, the situation will calm down.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    they should move to UAE, as its perfect for these tournament, crowds is easily accesable, no issue with the weather, sri lanka had already hosted it last time.

  • on January 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    both World T20 and Asia cup should be removed from Bangladesh or else Pakistan Should not participate, our players lives are also precious.

  • on January 9, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    yes if it is not Bangladesh, it should be Sri Lanka. With ground facilities & everything can be found in well inside SL. Other than that, as there is no political or racial issues in SL all the other countries are also comfortable to come & play. Yes next option should be UAE as a neutral venue. Any hope both these two series will take place in Bangla or SL & thanks for the comments pakistani friends!

  • on January 6, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I don't think bangladesh is unsafe for cricket. The people who are saying that it should be in uae, have not watched 2011 world cup.

  • ajithabey on January 6, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Good initiative by SL offering to host these tournaments. If an Asian Country is in trouble mainly due to politics,other Asian countries should try to assist in conducting these tournaments. It would have been good to invite Nepal too for the Asia cup after their fine performances in the recent past

  • ZCFOutkast on January 5, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Not SL! I suspect the ICC, particularly guys like BCCI,CA,NZC,CSA&ECB are all quiet in the knowledge that a last minute alternative venue will inevitably have to be organised, and because Ind,NZ,Aus&Eng are all taken care of in terms of international events, South Africa is secretly on standby. That's why they were "shortchanged" in the allocations of world cups over the next few years.

    The best thing I feel is for BD to act swiftly&swap the WC with ZIM(used to conditions) so that at least they will host the next qualifiers, which will give them a much greater chance of qualifying for the main tournament easily twice, as the other teams will no doubt be stronger by then. ENG have no reason to boycott ZIM now after the likes of Aus-A,NZ,SA-A&Pak have played there recently, while SL had no problem in fulfilling the cancelled tour.

    Only factor might be upgrading Mutare Sports Club for the 3rd venue, but there's enough time for small improvements. Otherwise expect this T20WC to be in SA.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    we want to Asia cup & w t 20 cup in Bangladesh.ICC & Acc please don't refused us. Bangladesh people are weekends in cricket.people are watching cricket without Politices mind .we have strong security situation .we love cricket.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    As a Pakistani I wud Love the events to be conducted in Pakistan. But due to situations here if not Possible then let it be Srilanka. Srilankans are great people with open hearts and Marvelous conduct. Just Love this nation. A true Love from Pakistan :)

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    The political hiccup will all end after the Jan 5th elections.

    I would request patience from the entire world. Bangladesh will host both the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20, and the touring Sri Lankan team.

    This is our year for cricket, not Sri Lanka's, and not any other nation's.

  • Baundele on January 4, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Bangladesh has got political unrest at the moment; but no terrorism. So, no cricket team will be targeted, and the government is quite capable of ensuring security. Once the election (tomorrow, 05.01) is over, the situation will calm down.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    they should move to UAE, as its perfect for these tournament, crowds is easily accesable, no issue with the weather, sri lanka had already hosted it last time.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Good News if playing Asia Cup & t20 WC in Sri Lanka other choice DUBAI there will no weather problems to effect the matches in dubai

  • on January 4, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Both Should move to UAE as they have all Facilities and no conditions in UAE are really good for Tournaments like this

  • on January 4, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Why dont they give hosting rights to Pakistan, Venue for these tornaments can be UAE. These venues have all what they need to conduct such tournaments. Such decisions will help PCB a lot which is already under pressure after they were not allowed to conduct any international cricketing events in Pakistan.

  • on January 4, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Respecting all international viewers, As a Bangladeshi, We are not your enemy, we didn't do anything ruin to you. So why you guys are trying to be opponent against Bangladesh. Bangladesh is always safe country for cricket as previous. Nothing worried about for hosting Asia Cup & T20 WC.

  • on January 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Well a good decision for the safety of the players. Guess it's going to be Sri Lanka's year of cricket as the hosts of both Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.

  • Anwar.Feni09 on January 4, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    The current setuation of BD is just political issue, it will be complitly OK after 05th January 2014 election and for kind information to all, Every body in Bangladesh they are cricket lovers even which political parties supporter he is. so "Cricket will be 100% safe during Asia Cup & World T20". Bangladesh can host both event safety.

  • on January 4, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Give it to NZ - be a good warm up before CWC 2015 - I think thats how it should work - teams who are hosting the CWC gets the T20 WC the year before - and our grounds would encourage another 36ball 100...

  • xylo on January 4, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Can SLC also guarantee payments to their players and staff?

  • on January 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    I think sri lankans should grab this chanse by their both hands, and we'll hope that they could win these tounements.

  • mihir_nam on January 4, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Why SRL 2 T20 WC in a row. Why can't they give it to UAE or New Zealand /Australia , They have good facilities . Weather in Sri Lanka is always a Issue and Crowds too. Whereas ASIA Cup Sri Lanka can host it or Again UAE is on the line if they increase playing Nations to 6 Teams Because Teams like Pakistan Afghanistan Bangladesh India can bring in Good crowds in UAE

  • on January 4, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Really happy to read this news, it makes my weekends. Wish all the players of all teams best of luck playing in Sri Lanka... From a true biased Pakistani Fan ;)

  • on January 4, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    @ kush neo - uae is playing in this year T20 world cup.

  • on January 4, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    good for bd what goes its comes around,,, from pakistan

  • mainul079080 on January 4, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    My fellow friends of Pakistan and Srilanka. Dont get hurt. I was just joking . I love you all. You are the best friends of us. But what i told about the present situation of Bangladesh, is true. It is not that bad. Security will be first class. Cricketers will get the security like Barak Obama visiting to Bangladesh. We Bangladeshis know how to give respect to foreigners (big guests).

  • Nuwas on January 4, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Well I wouldn't mind holding even 5-10 world cups in SL, the tracks aren't completely flat nor bouncy&pacey, those tracks nowadays in SL has something for everyone. Grounds are with best conditions.Awesome crowds. But I think Bangladesh needs this event more than us for sure. If the conditions are not good in BD why not let their board to sort of rent our grounds rather than us taking the whole control of the tournament? let BD fans visit SL for cheap costs (way lower than normal)? that way they can have at lest more than 70% of the revenue, exposure & some fans base in SL.

  • mainul079080 on January 4, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    People seems to be crazy. When Tamil tigers used to ran havoc in Srilanka, other countries used to tour there.Bangladesh's situation is far better than that.So why there is a question of shifting venue? No reason to shift it. On the other hand Srilanka is a country of rain.If required the best suggestion is to shift these events to Pakistan (Wink, grimace)

  • on January 4, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    It's quite a dilemma, despite many people not noticing. SL officials have offered to host Asia Cup & even World T20 in Sri Lanka as an alternative to Bangladesh. However, SL team itself has a Bangladesh tour scheduled before those events. Now, if we go on with the tour it will be an acceptance of satisfactory security in Bangladesh and will become a point against SL bid to host those two events. However, if we reject to go on with the tour, it will be go against the tradition of Asian countries supporting each other in such circumstances.

  • Domestica on January 4, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    SL is suitable venue to host any Tournament,they have proved it by hosted CHOGM Summit nearly very successfully,but before the decision making,Bangladesh situation should be considered again to evaluate the ability to host T20 WC there,

  • on January 4, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    well why not in UAE give them chance

  • D-Ascendant on January 4, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Why not a new place? Like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? You'd think we'd had enough of watching cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • on January 4, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Its funny that on 1996 some teams didn't want to tour SL. Now its going to host second T20 WC in a row. Fine example of value of peace.

  • on January 4, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    The reason for not considering India or UAE as alternative venues

    1. India has refused to arrange the Asia cup this year 2. According to the ICC world tournament rules , only a tournament playing nation can arrange that event, UAE is not playing in this T20 WC so they can't arrange it

  • babycricketer on January 4, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Why can't the World T20 be held in the UAE with Pakistan as the hosts. Srilanka held the last World T20. Perfect venue for T20 games.

  • on January 4, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    We want teams to play . Not rain ...

  • on January 4, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Bangladeshi people love cricket. they rather die before they hurt any cricket player. you do not need any protection to visit Bangladesh. we Bangladeshi people give u protection. so welcome to BANGLADESH.

  • maddy20 on January 4, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Wow! So they get to host two Worldcups in a row? Great! Bangladesh better get the situation under control.

  • ClaudiaSL on January 4, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    As Pakistanis we pray that Bnagladesh does not miss out on oppportunity to host international events. Hopefully situation will improve and Pakistan team will be welcomesd as well as looked after well to participate.

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on January 3, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    I think it definitely should be moved out of Bangladesh, even after the election there will be trouble and protests

  • Desihungama on January 3, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Politicians in Bangladesh have stirred up the emotions for petty politics. Def not safe for Pakistani Players to be around. If WI Cricketers bus can be pelted and Pakistani Embassy almost attacked, imagine what else can happen.

  • zzby on January 3, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Situation in Bangladesh is not well but we hope it will get better soon otherwise Srilanks is best alternative...

  • on January 3, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Srilanka sounds scary for its rainy reputation.....ICC needs to consider the weather choosing an alternate....How about sharjah? Dubai?

  • hfkml on January 3, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    No please, anywhere but Sri Lanka. The facilities are just to poor to even host a regular series let alone a world cup. I'd rather see at leasr the T20 WC held in England than to see the litterboxes that are the Sri Lankan stadiums again.

  • on January 3, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    As much I like Sri Lanka as a place, it would be too repetitive to go back there. Give it to the UAE, so Pakistan can be a 'host' of some sort.

  • on January 3, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    asia cup should be held in UAE as im sure that all the teams will get ample support as many people from those countries live there the T/20 should be held in england as all the nations will get big support as shown in champions trophy.

  • on January 3, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    T20 already in Sri Lanka, do it in the UAE

  • on January 3, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    now bangladeshi might understand the pain of being deprived from international cricket.

  • on January 3, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Sad news for BD ...at least expect SL tour and Asia cup. If Dhaka situation become worse then shift those tournaments to Sylhet venue. I hope Sylhet fans will not disappoint us.

  • Stark62 on January 3, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Oh no, the constant threat of rain is exasperating and deplorable!!

    Move it to the UAE because there was a whole lot more SL crowd prsent within the stadium, compared with SL itself and there is also a strong Pak, Ind, SA and maybe, Bang contingent.

    Plus there will be no rain which is the most important aspect when, it comes to hosting a cricket tourny.

  • on January 3, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    honestly, as a cricket fan, we wouldnt want to give false reassurance to the world claiming "all is well" in Bangladesh. The situation is indeed terrible and under these circumstance, we would be concerned the same way if we had to go play in another country with a similar situation. Having said that, BCB despite being incompetent, takes security very seriously. The players, umpires, media will be given nothing short of a presidential security and even more if required. As for the fans, the stadiums were house full in an unorganized, poorly promoted domestic competition.

    As a Bengali fan, I would be ashamed if we cant host these two events properly because we have been very excited for the past 2 years.

  • on January 3, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    I think they should wait atleast 1 week after the election to see how things are going. Sri-lanka can stay as an Alt-backup Host if BD fails to host somehow. They can shift Asiacup though but i beleive this political unrest wont stay in March. Sri-lanka however has some weather issues as Mar-Apr is the monsoon season and we dont want rain-affected matches in world cup. ICC should definately wait for 10-15days before making any decisions.

  • on January 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka would be PERFECT for Asia cup so every match can be played in peace and all teams can relax. But T20 cup should be in South Africa, the good bouncy pitches will be brilliant for bowlers like Umar Gul and Mitchell Johnson.

  • stumpedlloyd on January 3, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    This is just what world cricket needs. Who doesn't want to watch a 20-over game reduced to 5 overs a side because of rain? Because nothing says brilliant cricket than a five-over match.

  • on January 3, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Why not in Zimbabwe or Kenya for that matter Sri Lanka has already hosted the previous one. Cricket needs to given a chance to grow. By holding it again in the same countries its not going to happen

  • on January 3, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    The conditions in Bangladesh are NOT conducive for international games. The ICC and ACC must move the coming games to some other country other than Bangladesh. The conditions will be worse after the elections. There will be utmost chaos and law and order situations across the country. The ICC and ACC should take mercy on the participant teams by moving the tournaments to other countries i.e, SL,India,SA,UAE or Eng etc. Good luck to all!!!

  • Naked_Cricket on January 3, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I've watched world cups since 1992. But the best ever world cup ever held is in Sri Lanka and that is T20 world cup on last year. Best venue was Pallekele and its small and really awesome and beautiful place . Believe SLC have great capability to handle this, definitely.

  • mzm149 on January 3, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Last World T20 was also in Sri Lanka. Why not shift it to UAE. Not a single game will be affected by rain.

    Asia Cup was already being organized in Sri Lanka as far as I knew because last one was in Bangladesh.

  • on January 3, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Please for Bangladesh' s success and that we can host it. Trust us.. After election, all is well

  • on January 3, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Great news for us Lankan fans. Time to go and watch another World cup

  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Won't mind Asia Cup and World T20 in Sri Lanka, a very enthusiastic and a cricket loving nation. With the IPL also likely to hold some part in South Africa or Sri Lanka, it could improve the economic conditions of Sri Lanka - I hope it goes this way.

  • on January 3, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Just keep it in Bangladesh. Wait until the election is over.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 3, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    No way the events can be held in Bangladesh under prevailing situation. SL is the best option as replacement.

  • on January 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Not another T20 World Cup and Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Why not India or Malaysia?

  • on January 3, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    elections are coming in few days time and then SL tour. asia cup and t20 are still some weeks away. after election things will improve and the SL tour will decide the future of hosts.

    SL seems obvious alternative. hopefully will be scheduled properly to avoid rains etc.

  • avmd on January 3, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Great idea, it makes lot of sense. BD is not safe at the moment. I have few friends from BD here in US, even they are afraid of visiting BD under current situation. Hope it gets better soon

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  • avmd on January 3, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Great idea, it makes lot of sense. BD is not safe at the moment. I have few friends from BD here in US, even they are afraid of visiting BD under current situation. Hope it gets better soon

  • on January 3, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    elections are coming in few days time and then SL tour. asia cup and t20 are still some weeks away. after election things will improve and the SL tour will decide the future of hosts.

    SL seems obvious alternative. hopefully will be scheduled properly to avoid rains etc.

  • on January 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Not another T20 World Cup and Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Why not India or Malaysia?

  • Zahidsaltin on January 3, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    No way the events can be held in Bangladesh under prevailing situation. SL is the best option as replacement.

  • on January 3, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Just keep it in Bangladesh. Wait until the election is over.

  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Won't mind Asia Cup and World T20 in Sri Lanka, a very enthusiastic and a cricket loving nation. With the IPL also likely to hold some part in South Africa or Sri Lanka, it could improve the economic conditions of Sri Lanka - I hope it goes this way.

  • on January 3, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Great news for us Lankan fans. Time to go and watch another World cup

  • on January 3, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Please for Bangladesh' s success and that we can host it. Trust us.. After election, all is well

  • mzm149 on January 3, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Last World T20 was also in Sri Lanka. Why not shift it to UAE. Not a single game will be affected by rain.

    Asia Cup was already being organized in Sri Lanka as far as I knew because last one was in Bangladesh.

  • Naked_Cricket on January 3, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I've watched world cups since 1992. But the best ever world cup ever held is in Sri Lanka and that is T20 world cup on last year. Best venue was Pallekele and its small and really awesome and beautiful place . Believe SLC have great capability to handle this, definitely.