The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), on Wednesday (July 19), finally announced the schedule for the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup. While it had previously announced that the tournament will be played from August 30 to September 17, the full schedule It was announced this Tuesday. week.
Host Pakistan will face newcomers Nepal in the first match of the competition. The first match of the 2023 Asia Cup will be played in Multan. India, on the other hand, will kick off their campaign on September 2 with a delightful clash against arch-rivals Pakistan.
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The 2023 Asia Cup will be played in four venues: Lahore and Multan in Pakistan and Kandy and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Pakistan will host four games while Sri Lanka will host the remaining nine games in the sixteenth edition of the tournament.
A total of six teams will participate in the upcoming event. The six teams have been divided into two groups of three teams each. India, Pakistan and Nepal are in Pool A, while defending champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been beaten together in Pool B.
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Former Pakistan captain unhappy with Asia Cup 2023 schedule:
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has expressed his disappointment about the 2023 Asian Cup schedule. The former batsman believes that Pakistan players will not be able to rest during the competition. Unlike India, Pakistan will not be playing all of its games in one country.
After the opening match against Nepal in Multan, Pakistan will travel to Sri Lanka for the match against India in Kandy. The Men in Green will have a two-day gap between their first two matches of the 2023 Asia Cup. Should they qualify for the Super Four, they will have to travel to Pakistan again before returning to Sri Lanka for the remainder of the competition. . .
“It is a very strange schedule. Pakistan will play their first match in Pakistan, then travel to Sri Lanka for the second match. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will play their first match at home, and when they have to travel to Pakistan for the second match, they have a difference of 4-5 days.” Salman Butt was quoted by Hindustan Times.
“Pakistan, which is originally the host nation, is only two days apart. We never worry about our players.” added.
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