Asia Cup 2023 schedule finalized: India vs Pakistan blockbuster in Kandy on September 2
Asia Cup 2023 schedule finalized. The tournament to be played in a hybrid model could see two, possibly three, India-Pakistan face-offs, all to be played in Sri Lanka.
After a tussle for months between the Indian and Pakistan cricket boards, the official schedule of the Asia Cup was finally released on Wednesday. Pakistan retained the hosting rights but will stage only four of the 13 matches in this biennial competition. Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal are the other teams in the field for this ODI competition.
The tournament will begin on August 30 with Pakistan facing Nepal in Multan. Three other matches will be held in Lahore, including one likely Pakistan Super 4 fixture on September 6. All the other matches will be played in Sri Lanka, three in Kandy and six in Colombo, including the final on September 17.
The big-ticket India-Pakistan round-robin clash will take place in Kandy on September 2 and the expected re-match in the Super 4 stage is scheduled for September 10 in Colombo.
The commercial success of the competition hinges on the India-Pakistan showdown with a format tailor-made for them to clash at least twice; both are placed in the same group as the Associate side (Nepal qualified). Regardless of where India and Pakistan finish in the group stage, Pakistan will remain A1 and India A2, to meet India’s wish to play only at a neutral venue.
Take a detailed look at the Asia Cup schedule here:
|Pakistan vs Nepal
|Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
|Pakistan vs India
|Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
|India vs Nepal
|Afghanistan vs Sri lanka
|A1 vs B2
|B1 vs B2
|A1 vs A2
|A2 vs B1
|A1 vs B1
|A2 vs B2
Asia Cup 2023 final17th SeptemberSuper 4s – 1 vs 2Colombo
Asia Cup 2023 schedule PCB pushed for the tournament to be played at least in a hybrid model, salvaging four matches from being moved out of the country. Whether this is a win of any sort for PCB is being questioned in Pakistan cricket circles. From the time BCCI made it clear last October that it would not play in Pakistan, PCB has seen three regime changes, each advocating a slightly different bargain from the other.
India-Pakistan friction has dominated the Asia Cup history. Of the 15 editions held since it began in 1984, the tournament has been played in India and Pakistan only once each. The only time the Asia Cup was held in Pakistan was in 2008. It was also the last time the Indian cricket team played there.
In a tweet, BCCI secretary and Asian Cricket Council president Jay Shah called the Asia Cup “a symbol of unity and togetherness binding diverse nations together.”