ACC announces dates, venues of 2023 Asia Cup
Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday announced that the Asia Cup 2023 will be held from 31st August to 17th September 2023 and will see the elite teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal, compete in a total of 13 exciting ODI matches. Of particular significance is Nepal’s participation, as it marks their first-ever appearance in an Asian event.
The tournament will be hosted in a hybrid model with four matches being held in Pakistan, and the remaining nine matches being played in Sri Lanka.
Under the hybrid model, Pakistan versus Nepal, Bangladesh versus Afghanistan, Afghanistan versus Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh are likely to be held at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.
The 2023 edition will feature two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final.
This tournament holds great importance for the Asian teams as it will serve as valuable preparation for the ICC World Cup, which will take place in India.
Previously, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had declined to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, citing security concerns. In order to ensure the hosting rights of the event were preserved, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed two options in a hybrid model. The first option involved India playing their matches at a neutral venue, while all other matches would be held in Pakistan. The second option suggested that four group stage matches in the first phase be played in Pakistan, with the subsequent phase, including matches featuring the Indian team and the final, taking place at a neutral venue.
Ultimately, the second option of the hybrid model has been accepted. The organizers will soon announce the complete schedule of the tournament, providing further details on the matches and venues.
Pakistan will host the tournament for the first time since 2008, and the decision has been welcomed by cricket fans in the country. Pakistan has a rich cricketing history, and the country has produced some of the greatest cricketers of all time. The return of international cricket to Pakistan in recent years has been a major boost for the sport in the country, and the hosting of the Asia Cup in 2023 will further cement Pakistan’s position as a major cricketing nation.
The UAE, on the other hand, has become a popular destination for international cricket in recent years, with the country hosting several major tournaments, including the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League. The country has world-class cricketing facilities, and the decision to host matches in the UAE is a testament to the country’s ability to successfully host major international events.
The Asia Cup 2023
The 2023 Asia Cup promises to be an exciting tournament, with some of the best teams in the world competing for the prestigious title. The tournament will also provide an opportunity for the teams to prepare for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled to be held later that year.
The Asia Cup has always been a fiercely contested tournament, with the teams of Asia competing against each other with great passion and intensity. The tournament has produced some unforgettable moments over the years, and fans can expect more of the same in 2023.
In conclusion, the announcement of the dates and venues for the 2023 Asia Cup is great news for cricket fans around the world. The tournament promises to be a thrilling spectacle, with some of the best teams in the world competing for the coveted title. The decision to host the tournament in Pakistan and the UAE is a testament to the growing popularity of cricket in the region, and it is sure to be a major boost to the sport in both countries.