Colombo, Sri Lanka (4E Sports) – Despite recent political turmoil, Bangladesh will remain host of the Asia Cup 2013-14, according to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
“As of now, the decision has been made that Bangladesh will retain hosting rights of the Asia Cup,” Bangladesh Cricket Council (BCB) acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.
“We had a good meeting with ACC board members, and they have been convinced that we can host the tournament,” he added.
The decision has been reached during the ACC’s meeting in Colombo, where the council also added Afghanistan as the fifth team in the competition.
“Afghanistan has also been added to the tournament, making it a five-team event and the number of matches has gone up to eleven,” Chowdhury said.
A total of 11 matches will be played in the tournament with the opening game expected to be on February 25 and the final on March 8, 2014.
Apart from solidifying Bangladesh as host, the ACC also awarded broadcast rights for this edition of the tournament to Star India. It has cut ties with Nimbus, the previous broadcast partners.
Bangladesh has been besieged by political turmoil in the past months. In December, the West Indies Under-19s team had pulled out of their tour after an explosion near the team hotel.
Syed Ashraful Huq, the chief executive of the ACC, said the members did not have any specific questions or reservations about the security arrangements around the tournament being held in the country.
“Bangladesh submitted a detailed security plan to the ACC, which was studied and agreed to. If any member has any other concerns, they should address it with Bangladesh,” Huq said.
The ICC will hold security inspections in Bangladesh, before deciding whether to retain Bangladesh as the host for the World Twenty20.