Sri Lanka to host international baseball tournament in July
July 2019

Fazil Hussain, President, Sri Lanka Baseball.

Sri Lanka is set to host India, Pakistan, Iran, Nepal and Bangladesh in the 14th Edition of the West Asia Baseball Cup from July 15 - 20, 2019, organised in association with the Sri Lanka Baseball.

This year's tournament will take place at the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Baseball Ground in Diyagama, which was donated by Japan through its international development assistance arm, Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The tournament will see Sri Lanka defend the title they won for the first time in 2017, a victory that marked the pinnacle of a journey which had begun back in 1985, when the sport had first been introduced to the country.

"First, we would like to thank all our sponsors, especially Sri Lankan Airlines, our official airline sponsor, for making this tournament a possibility," stated Fazil Hussain, the President of Sri Lanka Baseball. "The tournament is extremely important to us, in that it is a testament to the growth of baseball in the country over the last few decades, and we are proud to be able to host it as defending champions."

Sri Lanka had twice emerged runners-up to Pakistan - in 2012 and 2013 - while they were outside of the top three in 2015. Since, Sri Lanka has seen their global ranking rise to 41 out of 127 playing nations as per the latest World Softball/Baseball Confederation (WSBC) rankings, though Pakistan remains the top ranked West Asian team in 24th place, while Iran (53), India (65) and Nepal (69), are placed lower down the list.