In the midst of the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023, the Indian cricket team has raised eyebrows over their hotel accommodations in the city of Dambulla, Sri Lanka.
This issue has added another layer of complexity to the tournament, which has already been challenged by heavy rains, leading to a rescheduling of the second leg.
The Indian team and their management have expressed discontent with the quality of hotels available in Dambulla, citing that they do not meet their accustomed standards. This discontent follows similar complaints made by broadcasters Star Sports regarding their accommodations in Hambantota, where future games are scheduled.
These concerns have not only put pressure on the Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) but have also exacerbated the challenges faced by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the organizing body of the tournament.
Originally, the prestigious Premadasa International Cricket Stadium was chosen as the venue for the second leg of the competition. However, the stadium now remains submerged in rainwater due to the ongoing heavy downpours.
As a result, discussions are gaining momentum regarding alternative venues within Colombo, as the city boasts two other potential stadiums capable of hosting the matches.
Media reports suggest that an emergency meeting has been convened by the ACC to address these pressing issues, with all potential solutions being considered.
The ACC has stated, “Our priority is to ensure a smooth and successful continuation of the Asia Cup. We are exploring all possible options to address the concerns.” The cricketing world watches closely as the ACC navigates these challenges to maintain the integrity and excitement of the Asia Cup 2023.