The highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 is set to ignite the cricketing world as arch-rivals India and Pakistan resume their epic rivalry ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has accepted the hybrid model, and the tournament will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With a total of 13 thrilling One Day International (ODI) matches scheduled, the Asia Cup promises to be a captivating cricketing spectacle.
Here are the key details of the tournament:
Dates and Schedule:
The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place from 31st August to 17th September, offering nearly three weeks of intense cricketing action. The tournament will feature a hybrid model, with matches being held in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Four matches of the Asia Cup will be hosted in Pakistan, while the remaining nine matches will be played in Sri Lanka. The distribution of matches showcases the collaborative effort between the two countries to provide an exciting tournament for cricket enthusiasts.
Group Stage and Super Four:
The 2023 edition of the Asia Cup will feature two groups, with two teams from each group advancing to the Super Four stage. The group stage matches will determine the teams that progress further in the tournament.
India’s Concerns and Hybrid Model:
The decision to adopt a hybrid model for the Asia Cup comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressed reservations about touring Pakistan due to security concerns. To address these concerns, the ACC agreed to hold four matches of the tournament in Pakistan while Sri Lanka would host the majority of the games. This compromise ensures the participation of all teams and maintains the competitive spirit of the tournament.
The Rivalry Renewed:
One of the highlights of the Asia Cup 2023 will be the clash between traditional rivals India and Pakistan. The tournament serves as a perfect prelude to the ICC World Cup 2023, as both teams strive to showcase their skills and claim victory in this intense encounter. Fans around the world eagerly await this match, which is sure to captivate audiences with its rich history and intense competition.
Road to the Final:
After the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Four stage. In the Super Four stage, these four teams will compete against each other to secure a spot in the final. The team that emerges victorious from the Super Four stage will have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Asia Cup title in the summit clash on September 17 (Sunday).