After a month or two of continuous uncertainty over the next Asia Cup tournament, the wait is finally over as the host nations for the Asia Cup 2023 have been announced. The tournament will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with four matches to be played in Pakistan and the remaining nine in Sri Lanka.
The tournament is set to take place from August 30 to September 17, it will serve as a valuable preparation for the ODI World Cup in India and feature some of the best teams in Asia.
💬 The great game of cricket will continue to thrive and move forward in what will be interesting and exciting times for the subcontinent cricket fans from the ACC Asia Cup 2023 to ICC Champions Trophy 2025 💬— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 15, 2023
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka: Joint Hosts of Asia Cup 2023
The 2023 Asia Cup will be a joint hosting effort by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with four matches set to be played in Pakistan for the first time since 2008. The decision was made after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to send the Indian team to Pakistan due to security concerns. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will serve as the main host and will ensure that the matches played in Pakistan are secure and safe for players and spectators alike. Sri Lanka will act as a neutral venue for the remaining nine matches.
Venue selection has been a key factor in the decision to have a joint hosting effort. While the PCB was keen to host more matches, it had to work with Sri Lanka to ensure that the tournament remains safe and secure for all involved. The two countries have worked together to select the best venues and ensure that the logistical arrangements are in place. The tournament will be held from August 31 to September 17, giving both countries enough time to prepare for the event.
Ticket sales and broadcast arrangements are also being worked out by the PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket. Both countries are keen to ensure that the tournament is a success and that cricket fans from around the world get to experience the excitement of the Asia Cup. The two countries are also working to ensure that the tournament is covered by the best broadcasters and that fans can watch the matches from the comfort of their homes. With the cooperation between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the 2023 Asia Cup promises to be an exciting event for cricket fans worldwide.
Asian Cricket Council’s Decision-making Process
You’ll be interested to know that the Asian Cricket Council had to come up with a hybrid model for the 2023 tournament due to India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan. This decision was made in light of the fact that India has not played in Pakistan since 2008. The ACC approved the hybrid version, which will allow the tournament to be hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The hybrid model was necessary after the BCCI said that India would not travel to Pakistan. The ACC proposed this model as a solution to India’s refusal to tour Pakistan, and the PCB was appointed as the host. The PCB was keen to ensure that part of the tournament was played in Pakistan, and Sri Lanka was chosen as the neutral venue.
The ACC’s decision-making process involved selecting the tournament format, venue, and host nation. The top six teams from Asia were divided into two groups, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will face off in the final. The tournament will be played in the 50-over format to prepare for the ODI World Cup in India.
Teams to Watch Out for in the Asia Cup 2023
Get ready to keep an eye out for some of the top cricketing nations as they battle it out in the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup! With India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka being the past champions of the tournament, all eyes will be on them to see if they can repeat their past successes. However, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal cannot be counted out, as they have shown great strides in improving their cricketing skills.
Some of the key matchups to look out for in the tournament would be India vs Pakistan, which is always a high-intensity match, and Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, as they are both evenly-matched teams. As for favorite players, Virat Kohli (India), Babar Azam (Pakistan), and Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka) are some of the top players to watch out for.