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Asia Cup 2023 schedule revealed

Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President, Jay Shah, took to Twitter on Wednesday, to announce the schedule of the 2023 Asia Cup, which will take place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The tournament, which was initially planned to begin on August 31, will now kick off on August 30, with Pakistan taking on Nepal in the opening match in Multan.

 

I am happy to announce the schedule for the highly anticipated Men’s ODI #AsiaCup2023, a symbol of unity and togetherness binding diverse nations together! Let’s join hands in the celebration of cricketing excellence and cherish the bonds that connect us all. @ACCMedia1 pic.twitter.com/9uPgx6intP

— Jay Shah (@JayShah) July 19, 2023

 

This year’s Asia Cup will be played in the 50-overs format, featuring 13 matches. 

In Group A, Pakistan will lock horns with arch-rivals India and Nepal, while Group B will have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. 

The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Four stage, where they will vie for a spot in the final. The tournament’s final is slated for September 17 in Colombo.

The Asia Cup 2023 holds pivotal importance this time as it will serve as preparation for five out of the six participating teams – Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan – for the upcoming ODI World Cup, scheduled to start on October 5 in India.

Initially, Pakistan was meant to host four matches in a single city. But a recent PCB administration change led by new chairman Zaka Ashraf saw Multan added as a second venue. According to the schedule, Multan will host only the opening match, while Lahore will stage three matches and one Super 4s game.

On September 3, Bangladesh will square off against Afghanistan in Lahore, followed by Sri Lanka facing Afghanistan at the Gaddafi Stadium on September 5. Irrespective of where they finish in the first round, Pakistan will retain the A1 spot, India the A2 spot, Sri Lanka will be B1 and Bangladesh B2. 

The only Super 4s match listed to take place in Pakistan is on September 6, including Group A (A1) winners and Group B (B2) runners-up. 

If Pakistan and India both secure spots in the Super Four stage, fans can expect another exciting encounter on September 10 in Colombo.

Schedule:

30 Aug – Pakistan v Nepal, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan, Pakistan

31 Aug – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka

2 Sep – Pakistan v India, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Kandy, Sri Lanka

3 Sep – Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

4 Sep – India v Nepal, Pallekele International Cricket stadium Kandy, Sri Lanka

5 Sep – Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

6 Sep – A1 v B2 (Super-4), Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

9 Sep – B1 v B2 (Super-4), R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

10 Sep – A1 v A2 (Super-4), R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

12 Sep – A2 v B1 (Super-4), R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

14 Sep – A1 v B1 (Super-4), R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

15 Sep – A2 v B2, (Super-4), R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

17 Sep – Final – 1 v 2, R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

18 Sep – Reserve day for the final




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