The schedule of the Asia Cup 2023 has finally been made public. It was announced earlier today by the president of the Asian Cricket Council, Jay Shah. The tournament is set to take place in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The ACC president revealed the schedule in his tweet and wrote: “I am happy to announce the schedule for the highly anticipated Men’s ODI Asia Cup 2023, a symbol of unity and togetherness binding diverse nations together! Let’s join hands in the celebration of cricketing excellence and cherish the bonds that connect us all.”

Details about the Tournament 

This year’s Asia Cup will happen according to the hybrid model, meaning Pakistan and Sri Lanka both would be the hosts.  As the all-important ODI World Cup is also going to be played this year, Asia Cup would also be played in a 50-over format. A total of 13 games would be played. A total of 6 teams would be participating. The tournament was earlier said to begin on 31st August. However, now the first match will be on 30th August.

The teams are divided into two groups. Group A consists of Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Group B consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. 

The teams having the top two spots in both groups will go to the super four stage. Teams who would clear the super four stage would get themselves a ticket to the final. There is also a reserve day for the final in case of any inconvenience such as rain. 

Schedule for Asia Cup 2023

Multan will be hosting the opening match while Colombo will be hosting the final game. Due to the hybrid model, Pakistan will only be able to host a total of four games while the rest of them are set to be played in Sri Lanka. 

#DateMatchesRound – GroupVenue
1Aug 30Pakistan vs NepalR1 – AMultan
2Aug 31Sri Lanka vs BangladeshR1 – BKandy
3Sept 2Pakistan vs IndiaR1 – AKandy
4Sept 3Afghanistan vs BangladeshR1 – BLahore
5Sept 4India vs NepalR1 – AKandy
6Sept 5Sri Lanka vs AfghanistanR1 – BLahore
7Sept 6A1 vs B2Super 4Lahore
8Sept 9B1 vs B2Super 4Colombo
9Sept 10A1 vs A2Super 4Colombo
10Sept 12A2 vs B1Super 4Colombo
11Sept 14A1 vs B1Super 4Colombo
12Sept 15A2 vs B2Super 4Colombo
13Sept 17FinalColombo

Why did the schedule for the Asia Cup 2023 come out so late?

The reason for the delay in the schedule for Asia Cup 2023 was because of discussions going on between the new chairman of PCB and ACC. Zaka Ashraf also met with Jay Shah recently. He wanted Pakistan to be able to host more games. Unfortunately, Pakistan still has just 4 games. India’s refusal to play in Pakistan led to the birth of the hybrid model, which in turn made the schedule for Asia Cup 2023 a bit complicated. 

Sri Lanka, the defending champions, would be looking to defend their title while the other teams would be wanting to become the defending champions themselves. 

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