The Asia Cup’s Hambantota shift has been halted, and players are still unsure of the location of the Super 4 matches.

Because of the expected showers in Colombo, the move was being considered.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) appears to have changed its mind and is now considering holding the games in Colombo. The earlier plan to relocate the tournament to Hambantota has been temporarily halted, and efforts are underway to determine whether the original schedule, which included matches in Colombo, can still be followed.

According to the most recent information from the ACC and Sri Lanka Cricket, the organizers are considering holding the Colombo leg of the championship as planned, despite concerns about the heavy rain threat due to the island’s prevailing weather patterns, particularly in the capital city. According to reports, the weather situation and forecasts are improving.

The Indian team arrived in Colombo on Tuesday afternoon and was greeted by bright and sunny weather when they checked into the Taj Samudra Hotel. The team management has yet to receive official confirmation of the schedule, and they continue to assume that the matches will be held in the capital city. According to sources, a final decision will be communicated to them within the next two days, during which the team has no scheduled practice sessions.

Six games are scheduled in Colombo, including the championship game on September 17. The first Super 4 game is scheduled for September 9, followed by an India-Pakistan match on September 10. Before the final, there are three more games on September 12, 14, and 15.

This development comes in the wake of a vehement retort from Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and president of the ACC, and Najam Sethi, former President of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who has been critical of Shah and the ACC regarding the Asia Cup schedule.

“The decision-making process for the Asia Cup 2023 format and venue was guided by a genuine desire to prioritize the well-being of the players as well as the sport’s overall interests.” “The ultimate goal was to strike a balance that would allow for a competitive and successful tournament while also ensuring the health and readiness of the participating teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” Shah said in a statement on Tuesday. On the way to Hambantota, he remained silent.

Shah’s statement follows on from Sethi’s recent statement, “I proposed that we play five matches in Pakistan and eight in the UAE.” They also rejected this and threatened to hand over the Asia Cup hosting rights to Sri Lanka if we did not budge. BCCI turned down their request. Only Mr. (Jay) Shah can explain why these options were rejected and Sri Lanka was accommodated against all logic and reason. As we have seen, the choice of venues in Sri Lanka was also problematic.”

A move to the UAE, according to Shah, is not in the players’ best interests ahead of the World Cup. “The Asia Cup 2022 was held in the UAE in T20 format.” It should be noted that the dynamics of a T20 tournament cannot be directly compared to those of a 100-over One-day format. In this context, ACC members received feedback from their respective high-performance teams, who expressed reservations about playing One-day matches in the UAE in September. “Such a schedule could have resulted in player fatigue and an increased risk of injury, especially so close to the ICC Cricket World Cup,” the ACC president said.