Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, said on Friday that winning the Asia Cup will uplift the morale of cricket enthusiasts in the island nation, which is battling its greatest economic crisis.
The six-nation Twenty20 event was relocated from Sri Lanka due to political upheaval, and it will start on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.
The opening match of the event, which serves as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November, will feature Sri Lanka versus Afghanistan.
The most thrilling aspect of cricket, according to Shanaka, is winning. “Cricket always delivers a new type of vibe to Sri Lankan people,” he told reporters. “Therefore, we look forward to serving our nation.”
Despite experiencing power outages, food, and gasoline shortages in recent months, Sri Lanka triumphed over Australia in a one-day international series at home in June.