The Asia Cup 2023 is the 15th edition of the cricket tournament that features the best teams from the Asian continent. The tournament will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 17, 2023. Here are some of the key details about the Asia Cup 2023 that you should know.
Format and Teams
The Asia Cup 2023 will follow a hybrid format, with four matches to take place in Pakistan and nine matches to be played in Sri Lanka. The tournament will have two groups of three teams each, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then play in the final.
The six teams that will participate in the Asia Cup 2023 are:
- Sri Lanka
India are the most successful team in the history of the Asia Cup, having won the title seven times. They are also the defending champions, having won the last edition in 2018 in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan are the second most successful team, with two titles to their name. Sri Lanka have also won the Asia Cup twice, while Bangladesh and Afghanistan have never won the tournament. Nepal are the sole debutants in this year’s edition, having qualified by winning the ACC Men’s Premier Cup in 2022.
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Asia Cup 2023 Schedule and Venues
The official match schedule for the Asia Cup 2023 has not been announced yet by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). However, according to some sources, the tentative schedule is as follows:
|August 31||India vs Nepal||Srilanka|
|September 1||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||Colombo|
|September 2||Pakistan vs Nepal||Karachi|
|September 3||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Colombo|
|September 4||India vs Pakistan||Srilanka|
|September 5||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||Colombo|
|September 7||Super Four Match 1||Colombo|
|September 8||Super Four Match 2||Colombo|
|September 9||Super Four Match 3||Lahore|
|September 10||Super Four Match 4||Lahore|
|September 12||Super Four Match 5||Colombo|
|September 13||Super Four Match 6||Lahore|
|September 15||Reserve Day for Super Four Matches||–|
The four venues that will host the matches are:
- National Stadium, Karachi
- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
- R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Asia Cup 2023 Tickets and Broadcast
The ticketing details for the Asia Cup 2023 have not been revealed yet by the ACC or the co-hosts. However, it is expected that the tickets will be available online and offline closer to the start of the tournament. The fans who wish to attend the matches will have to follow the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines issued by the authorities.
The broadcast rights for the Asia Cup 2023 have also not been announced yet by the ACC. However, it is likely that the matches will be telecasted live on various TV channels and streaming platforms across different regions. Some of the possible broadcasters are:
- Star Sports (India and subcontinent)
- PTV Sports (Pakistan)
- SLRC (Sri Lanka)
- Gazi TV (Bangladesh)
- RTA (Afghanistan)
- OSN Sports (Middle East and North Africa)
- Willow TV (USA and Canada)
- Sky Sports (UK and Ireland)
- Fox Sports (Australia)
- SuperSport (South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa)
Date and Time
The Asia Cup 2023 will start on August 31, 2023 and end on September 17, 2023. The matches will be played in different time zones, depending on the location of the venues. The time difference between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is half an hour, with Pakistan being ahead of Sri Lanka. The local time for each match will be announced along with the official match schedule by the ACC.
The Asia Cup 2023 is set to be an exciting and competitive tournament that will showcase the best of Asian cricket. The fans can look forward to some thrilling matches and rivalries between the six teams. The co-hosts Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also aim to make the most of their home advantage and challenge the defending champions India for the title. The This Tournament will be a great opportunity for the teams to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in India later that year.