The upcoming Super 4 games and the final of the ongoing Asia Cup, originally scheduled to be held in the capital city of Colombo, are set to be shifted to the coastal city of Hambantota due to continous showers in the capital of the island nation.
According to a cricbuzz report, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is likely to make an official announcement soon.
“The ACC has also taken into account the weather patterns in Hambantota. It has been observed that the precipitation levels there are much more favorable compared to Colombo, the original venue for the Super 4 stage”, the report said.
The Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup, which will also feature an India vs Pakistan clash, was slated to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday however, as per the weather forecast, very heavy rain in Colombo could happen till September 20.
Recently on September 2, the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium was abandoned due to continous rain on Saturday.
“While there was initial consideration of relocating the matches to the UAE, this idea was ultimately abandoned due to concerns about the players’ well-being. Playing in the intense heat of the UAE just three weeks before the World Cup raised significant health risks for the athletes due to the extreme conditions”, the report further said.
Notably, the ongoing tournament’s relocation midway has produced many logistical challenges for the ACC.