Asia Cup 2023 Schedule
After a tussle for months between the Indian and Pakistan cricket boards, the official schedule of the Asia Cup was finally released on Wednesday. Pakistan retained the hosting rights but will stage only four of the 13 matches in this biennial competition. Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal are the other teams in the field for this ODI competition.
The tournament will begin on August 30 with Pakistan facing Nepal in Multan. Three other matches will be held in Lahore, including one likely Pakistan Super 4 fixture on September 6. All the other matches will be played in Sri Lanka, three in Kandy and six in Colombo, including the final on September 17.
The big-ticket India-Pakistan round robin clash will take place in Kandy on September 2 and the expected re-match in the Super 4 stage is scheduled for September 10 in Colombo.
The commercial success of the competition hinges on the India-Pakistan showdown with a format tailor-made for them to clash at least twice; both are placed in the same group with the Associate side (Nepal qualified). Regardless of where India and Pakistan finish in the group stage, Pakistan will remain A1 and India A2, to meet India’s wish to play only at a neutral venue.
PCB pushed for the tournament to be played at least in a hybrid model, salvaging four matches from being moved out of the country. Whether this is a win of any sort for PCB is being questioned in Pakistan cricket circles. From the time BCCI made it clear last October that it would not play in Pakistan, PCB has seen three regime changes, each advocating a slightly different bargain from the other.
India-Pakistan friction has dominated the Asia Cup history. Of the 15 editions held since it began in 1984, the tournament has been played in India and Pakistan only once each. The only time the Asia Cup was held in Pakistan was in 2008. It was also the last time the Indian cricket team played there.
In a tweet, BCCI secretary and Asian Cricket Council president Jay Shah called the Asia Cup “a symbol of unity and togetherness binding diverse nations together.” From a cricketing standpoint, the tournament holds importance as its being played in an ODI format, serving as a dress rehearsal for the teams ahead of the World Cup starting in India on October 5.
|Wed, 30 Aug ‘23 3:30 PM IST|
|Thu, 31 Aug ‘23 1:00 PM IST|
|Sat, 2 Sep ‘23 1:00 PM IST|
|Sun, 3 Sep ‘23 1:30 PM IST|
|Mon, 4 Sep ‘23 1:00 PM IST|
|Tue, 5 Sep ‘23 3:30 PM IST|
|Wed, 6 Sep ‘23 3:30 PM IST|
|Sat, 9 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|Sun, 10 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|Tue, 12 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|Thu, 14 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|Fri, 15 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|Sun, 17 Sep ‘23 2:00 PM IST|
|September 2, 2023||Pakistan vs India||Kandy|
|September 4, 2023||India vs Nepal||Kandy|
|September 6, 2023||Super 4:A1 vs B2||Lahore|
|September 9, 2023||Super 4:B1 vs B2||Colombo|
|September 10, 2023||Super 4:A1 vs A2||Colombo|
|September 12, 2023||Super 4:A2 vs B1||Colombo|
|September 14, 2023||Super 4:A1 vs B1||Colombo|
|September 15, 2023||Super 4:A2 vs B2||Colombo|
|September 17, 2023||Final||Colombo|
|Group 1: Teams||Group 2: Teams|
|Cricket Event||Asia Cup 2023|
|Council Name||Asian Cricket Council (ACC)|
|Hosting Country Names||Sri Lanka and Pakistan|
|Total Teams||6 Teams|
|Total Matches||13 Matches|
|Teams||Pakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka|
|Asia Cup Start Date||30th August 2023|
|Asia Cup 2023 Final Match Date||17 September 2023|
|Schedule Release date||19 July 2023|
|ACC Official Website||asiancricket.org|
Asia Cup Schedule 2023 FAQ
- Where is the Asia Cup 2023 going to take place?
The Asia Cup 2023 will take place from August 30 to September 17 across Pakistan and Sri Lanka
- Which country will host the 2023 Cricket Asia Cup?
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the co-hosts of the Asia Cup 2023
- Will India go to Pakistan to play in the Asia Cup 2023?
No, India are playing all their matches of Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka
- What is the Indian cricket team's schedule for Asia Cup 2023?
India will play a minimum of five matches – 2 in the league stage against Pakistan and Nepal, and three in the Super 4s (if they qualify) against the other three qualifying teams.
- Which teams are participating in the Asia Cup 2023?
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal are the six teams participating in the Asia Cup 2023
- Is it true that Pakistan will host the Asia Cup in 2023?
Yes, Pakistan are hosting 4 matches of the Asia Cup 2023, but the remaining will be held in Sri Lanka
- Can India win the Asia Cup 2023?
Yes, India have won the Asia Cup 7 times already and are certainly capable of lifting the trophy for an 8th time
- Which country is hosting the 16th edition of the Asia Cup?
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are hosting the 16th edition of the Asia Cup
- Did India refuse to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023?
Yes, India were not keen on visiting Pakistan for the Asia Cup and hence, a hybrid model was proposed by the Asian Cricket Council
- Will the Asia Cup be played in the 50-overs format this year?
Yes, Asia Cup will be played in the 50-overs format – the first time since 2018