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Sep 6 – The Asia Cup Super 4 phases will proceed as planned, with all matches taking place in Colombo. According to the Indian Express, the Asian Cricket Council has decided against moving the matches to Hambantota because the weather is expected to improve throughout the weekend and beyond.
Since India’s Group B match against Pakistan was rained out last Saturday in Pallekele, there has been anxiety about the matches taking place in Colombo, which has been experiencing significant rain. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board then proposed shifting the event to Hambantota, which the Pakistan Cricket Board agreed to. However, due to India’s continued reluctance to go to Hambantota, the remaining five Super 4 stage matches and the final to be played in Sri Lanka will be played as scheduled in Colombo.
Furthermore, moving matches to Hambantota would have been a logistical headache because the city in southeastern Sri Lanka lacks accommodations near the stadium.
Furthermore, accommodating four teams, match officials, commentators, and the broadcast crew on such short notice was always going to be difficult. And it is understood that, after examining all of these choices, the ACC chose to hold the event in Colombo.
According to insiders, unlike Dambulla, which is a dry zone, Hambantota receives rains as well, and given the conditions, the capital city with all of its amenities was seen a safe alternative.