Asian Cricket Council has confirmed that the upcoming Asia Cup will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It will commence on 17th August.
The Asia Cup hosting rights have been the subject of heated controversy in recent weeks. Pakistan was intended to be the lone host for this prestigious competition, but India’s unwillingness to visit its neighbour has cast serious doubt on the tournament’s survival. The reigning Asia Cup champion is Sri Lanka.
The Asia Cup calendar has been finalised, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka scheduled to co-host the competition. The competition will feature six teams divided into two groups, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the super four stage.
The Asian Cricket Council published a statement confirming the news.
“We are delighted to announce that the Asia Cup 2023 will take place from August 31st to September 17th, 2023, and will feature elite teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal competing in a total of 13 exciting One-Day International (ODI) matches.”
“The tournament will be held in a hybrid format, with four matches in Pakistan and the remaining nine matches in Sri Lanka.”
“For the 2023 Edition, there will be two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage.” The final will include the top two teams from the Super Four stage.
“We are looking forward to welcoming fans from around the world to witness this celebration of cricket at its finest.”
India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group, and the Men in Blue will play all of their matches on the Island. The Pakistan leg will most likely be held in Lahore.