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Reviewed August 2023
Get ready for an electrifying showdown at the 16th Asia Cup 2023! Hosted by cricket-loving nations Pakistan and Sri Lanka in August and September, this prestigious tournament by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will bring together Asia’s finest teams vying for the ultimate championship. Brace yourself for jaw-dropping clashes, including the epic India vs Pakistan match – the highlight that makes Asia Cup 2023 an absolute must-watch.
Read on as Wego lists out everything you need to know about the Asia Cup 2023.
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Asia Cup 2023
The Asia Cup 2023 is a cricket tournament that will showcase the best teams and players from the Asian continent. What sets the Asia Cup 2023 apart is that it will be jointly hosted by two nations for the first time ever. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be co-hosts for the tournament, with Pakistan hosting four matches and Sri Lanka hosting the remaining nine.
Notably, Sri Lanka enters the competition as the defending champion, having clinched victory in the Asia Cup 2022 by defeating Pakistan in a thrilling final.
This year, the Asia Cup will return to the 50-over format of the game as teams prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. This format change comes after the 2022 edition, which was played in the 20-over format.
Asia Cup 2023 teams
There will be six teams competing at the Asia Cup 2023. They have been divided into two groups of three for the first phase of the tournament.
Here are the teams according to their groups:
- Sri Lanka
Asia Cup 2023 date and time
The cricket boards of Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly announced the dates for the Asia Cup 2023. The first match will be played on August 30 between Pakistan and Nepal, and the tournament concludes with the final on September 17.
The much-anticipated showdown between India and Pakistan is set for September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Asia Cup 2023 schedule
Jay Shah, president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has announced the schedule for the Asia Cup 2023.
I am happy to announce the schedule for the highly anticipated Men's ODI #AsiaCup2023, 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. @ACCMedia1 pic.twitter.com/9uPgx6intP
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) July 19, 2023
A total of 13 matches will be played in the Asia Cup 2023, with the tournament divided into phases. In the first phase, the six teams will be divided into two groups of three teams, who will play each other. The top 2 teams from each group qualify for the Super 4 phase. In the Super 4 phase, the four teams play each other once. The top 2 teams will qualify for the final, which will be played on September 17.
Here is the detailed schedule for the Asia Cup 2023
|August 30||Pakistan v Nepal||Multan|
|August 31||Bangladesh v Sri Lanka||Kandy|
|September 2||India v Pakistan||Kandy|
|September 3||Bangladesh v Afghanistan||Lahore|
|September 4||India v Nepal||Kandy|
|September 5||Sri Lanka v Afghanistan||Lahore|
Super 4s stage
Irrespective of their positions after the first round:
- Pakistan will remain AI.
- India will remain A2.
- If either of them (India or Pakistan) doesn’t qualify, then Nepal will take their position.
- Sri Lanka will remain BI.
- Bangladesh will remain 82.
- If either of them (Sri Lanka or Bangladesh) doesn’t qualify, then Afghanistan will take their position.
|September 7||A1 v B2||Lahore|
|September 9||B1 v B2||Colombo|
|September 10||A1 v A2||Colombo|
|September 12||A2 v B1||Colombo|
|September 14||A1 v B1||Colombo|
|September 15||A2 v B2||Colombo|
|September 17||Super 4: 1 v 2||Colombo|
Asia Cup 2023 venue
As mentioned above, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are jointly hosting the Asia Cup 2023. The tournament will be played at four venues across both of these countries.
The venues for Asia Cup 2023 are:
- Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan, Pakistan
- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka
- R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Asia Cup past winners
The Asia Cup was first held in the year 1984 in Sharjah, UAE. Since then, it has been held 15 times, with the format ranging across the ODI and T20 formats. Here’s a list of the past winners of the Asia Cup: