Sri Lanka Tourism is working with the Sri Lankan Amateur Baseball / Softball Association organizing the 2019 West Asia Baseball Cup at the Diyagama Japan Friendship Baseball Stadium from 15th to 20th July 2019.
While the underdogs, in 2017, Sri Lanka dethroned the winning team to clinch the title and take over the hosting rights for the 2019 West Asia Baseball Cup, with the goal of having the most significant impact on sports tourism as a focus of tourism development in Sri Lanka, with the participation of six countries including India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As this is an international event, there were nearly 275 international participants and considerable international media value supposed to be USD 126,067.
Therefore, the 2019 West Asia Baseball Cup was the first-ever international baseball event ever to take place over 5 days in Sri Lanka. For the first time, island country Sri Lanka hosted the West Asia Baseball Cup in 2019, and it is the first time that the West Asia Baseball Cup has been held in South Asia.