Sri Lanka asked to get stadiums ready for Asia Cup following unrest in Dhaka
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has asked Sri Lanka to get its stadiums ready to host the 2014 Asia Cup as the ACC does not believe the tournament will be able to take place in Bangladesh.
The ongoing political unrest in Bangladesh that has seen nearly 150 deaths in the last few months, may see thethe biennial event scheduled from February 25 to March 8, being held elsewhere.
The West Indies Under-19s were forced to return home after a blast near their hotel last month.
Although the ACC approved Bangladesh as the hosts in a meeting earlier this month, the body has asked Sri Lanka to have its venues prepared in the event of a late change of hosts , Dawn.com quoted a senior ACC official, as saying.
The official said that the event is still over a month away so the ACC still has time to assess the situation, and added that though it's routine to have a contingency plan for every event, it's looking unlikely that the Asia Cup will take place in Bangladesh if the situation stays as it is.
A two-member security team from Sri Lanka visited Bangladesh ahead of their team's series, but the ACC official termed that a mere formality as a decision would have been reached prior to the visit.
The PCB has also planned on sending its security team to Bangladesh before making a final decision.
(Posted on 15-01-2014)