2023 Asia Cup: Playing Nations, Schedule, Venue, Squad, Groups & Other Details.

2023 Asia Cup: Playing Nations, Schedule, Venue, Squad, Groups & Other Details.

2023 Asia Cup: A Sneak Peek at Playing Nations, Schedule, Venue, Squads, Groups, and More.

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     2023 Asia Cup: Teams, Dates, and Locations Key Highlights:

     [ 1 ] Playing Nations, of Asia Cup.

     [ 2 ] Pakistan and Sri Lanka are co-Host Countries.

     [ 3 ] Nepal’s debut, Asia Cup.

     [ 4 ] 6 Teams are divided in 2 groups, named A and B.

     [ 5 ] ODI is the format.

     [ 6 ] Starting from 30 August and ending on 17 September.

     [ 7 ] 4 Matches will be played in Pakistan and 9 in Sri Lanka.

     [ 8 ] After the league stage, super four will be  started.

     [ 9 ] Top two teams of super four will be qualify for final.

     [ 10 ] Final will be on 17 September.

     Teams and Defending Champions: Six countries are gearing up for the 2023 Asia Cup, a big cricket tournament. The teams are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and for the first time, Nepal! Sri Lanka won the last Asia Cup, so they’re the defending champions right now.

     When And Where: In the months of August and September 2023, exciting matches will take place in the Asia Cup. The games will be split between two countries: Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will host four matches, while Sri Lanka will host nine matches.

     Cooperation Between Countries: This Asia Cup is extra special because it’s the first time that two countries, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are working together to organize the tournament. It is the Hybrid model of Asia Cup.

     The Journey to the Asia Cup: Nepal, a new and enthusiastic team, got the chance to play in the Asia Cup by winning the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup. This is Nepal’s debut in the Asia Cup, and they’re excited to show their skills.

     Planning and Changes: In January 2023, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided the dates and format for the 2023 Asia Cup. Originally, it was supposed to happen in 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to 2023. The game schedule for the tournament was revealed on July 19, 2023.

     Get ready for the 2023 Asia Cup – it’s going to be full of thrilling cricket action!

2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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     2023 Asia Cup:   Tournament Setup and Matches

     How the Teams are Divided: On January 9, 2023, the way the tournament will work was explained. The six teams are split into two groups. 5 full members and one qualifying member of ACC.

     Types of Matches: There are a total of 13 matches that will be played in this Asia Cup. These matches include six league matches, six Super 4 matches, and a final showdown.

     Groups and Teams in Each: In Group A, there are three teams: India, Pakistan, and Nepal (the winner of another event called 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup). In Group B, you have Sri Lanka (the defending champions), Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

     Advancing to the Super 4: The two teams that do the best in each group will move on to the Super 4 stage. It’s like a special round for the top teams.

     Final Showdown: From the Super 4, the top two teams will compete in the final match. It’s like the biggest game to find out who’s the ultimate winner.

     Special Positions: Pakistan and India were picked as A1 and A2, sort of like team captains. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were chosen as B1 and B2. If Nepal and Afghanistan do really well and reach the Super 4, they will replace the team that didn’t make it from Group A or Group B.

     This is how the exciting tournament will be set up, with teams battling it out for the championship!

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2023 Asia Cup
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     2023 Asia Cup:  Teams and Qualification: Who’s In and How They Made It:

     Automatic Qualification:   The five full members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had their spot secured in the Asia Cup. These full members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

     Nepal’s Triumph: In a thrilling event called the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup, held in Nepal during April and May 2023, something special happened. Nepal, for the very first time, managed to qualify for the main Asia Cup tournament. They earned this spot by defeating the UAE in an exciting final match.

     Teams That Missed Out: Not every team made it to the Asia Cup this time. There were some teams that tried but didn’t manage to qualify for the tournament.

     This is how the teams got their tickets to the Asia Cup – some by being full members, and others through their impressive performance in the ACC Men’s Premier Cup.

2023 Asia Cup: Groups
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2023 Asia Cup
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Means of qualificationDateHostBerthsQualified
ICC Full MemberNone5

 Afghanistan
 Bangladesh
 India
 Pakistan
 Sri Lanka

2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup18 April — 2 May 2023Nepal Nepal1

   Nepal

2023 Asia Cup Squads:

2023 Asia Cup: Groups
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2023 Asia Cup: squads
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2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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Asia Cup Afghanistan Players List 2023

No.Asia Cup Afghanistan Squad 2023BattingBowling style
1)Mohammad Nabi (C)RightRight-arm off-spin
2)Najibullah Zadran (VC)LeftRight-arm off-spin
3)Fareed AhmadLeftLeft-arm fast-medium
4)Qais AhmadRightRight-arm leg spin
5)Fazalhaq FarooqiRightLeft-arm fast-medium
6)Usman GhaniRightRight-arm medium
7)Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)Right
8)Rashid KhanRightRight-arm leg break
9)Azmatullah OmarzaiRightRight-arm medium-fast
10)Darwish RasooliRightRight-arm off-spin
11)Mohammad SaleemRightRight-arm fast
12)Naveen-ul-HaqRightRight-arm medium-fast
13)Mujeeb Ur RahmanRightRight-arm off-spin
14)Ibrahim ZadranRightRight-arm medium-fast
15)Hazratulah ZazaiLeftSlow Left Arm Spinner

Venues

Pakistan Pakistan

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

LahoreMultanColomboKandy
Gaddafi StadiumMultan Cricket StadiumR. Premadasa StadiumPallekele International Cricket Stadium
Capacity: 27,000Capacity: 30,000Capacity: 35,000Capacity: 35,000
Matches: 3Matches: 1Matches: 6Matches: 3
2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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2023 Asia Cup
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     2023 Asia Cup:Match officials:

 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) appointed following match officials for the tournament.

    2023Asia Cup: Match referees:

     2023 Asia Cup:Umpires:

     2023 Asia Cup: Group stage:

     Group-A

Pos

Team

PldWLTNRPtsNRR
1 Pakistan (H)000000
2 India000000
3   Nepal000000
     First match(es) will be played: 30 August 2023.
     (H) Host

      Advances to Super Four

     2023 Asia Cup:  Fixtures:

   30 August 2023
   14:30 (PST) (D/N)
 Scorecard
v
   Nepal
 
 
 
 

2 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
v
 
 
 
 

4 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
Nepal   
v
 
 
 

     2023 Asia Cup:  Group B:

Pos

Team

PldWLTNRPtsNRR
1 Sri Lanka (H)000000
2 Bangladesh000000
3 Afghanistan000000
     First match(es) will be played: 31 August 2023.
     (H) Host

     Advances to Super Four

     2023 Asia Cup:  Fixtures:

31 August 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
v
 
 
 
 

3 September 2023
14:30 (PST) (D/N)
Scorecard
v
 
 
 
Gaddafi StadiumLahore
Umpires: Asif Yaqoob (Pak) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
 

5 September 2023
14:30 (PST) (D/N)
Scorecard
v
 
 
 
Gaddafi StadiumLahore
Umpires: Asif Yaqoob (Pak) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)

     2023 Asia Cup:  Super Four:

     2023 Asia Cup:  Points table:

Pos

Team

PldWLNRPtsNRR
1A100000
2A200000
3B100000
4B200000
First match(es) will be played: 6 September 2023.

  Advances to Final

6 September 2023
14:30 (PST) (D/N)
Scorecard
A1
v
B2
 
 
 
 

9 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
B1
v
B2
 
 
 
 

10 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
A1
v
A2
 
 
 
 

12 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
A2
v
B1
 
 
 
 

14 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
A1
v
B1
 
 
 
 

15 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
A2
v
B2
 
 
 
 

 

     2023 Asia Cup:  Final:

17 September 2023
15:00 (SLST) (D/N)
Scorecard
Super 4s-1
v
Super 4s-2
 
 
 

     2023 Asia Cup: Schedule:

     2023 Asia Cup: Schedule, Hosts, and Anticipated Matches:

     After months of discussions and negotiations between the cricket boards of India and Pakistan, the official schedule for the Asia Cup has finally been unveiled. The hosting rights have been retained by Pakistan, though they will be hosting just four out of the total 13 matches in this biennial tournament. Joining them in this ODI competition are Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

     Kick-Off and Locations:  The action packed tournament is set to kick off on August 30, with Pakistan taking on Nepal in Multan. Another three matches will be held in Lahore, including a possible Pakistan Super 4 fixture on September 6. The majority of the matches, however, will be held in Sri Lanka, with three in Kandy and six in Colombo, including the grand final on September 17.

     Big Matches to Watch: One of the most awaited clashes, the India-Pakistan round-robin match, is scheduled for September 2 in Kandy. The anticipation doesn’t end there, as a potential rematch in the Super 4 stage is slated for September 10 in Colombo.

     India-Pakistan Friction and its Impact: The rivalry between India and Pakistan has historically overshadowed the Asia Cup. Out of the 15 editions of the tournament since its inception in 1984, it has been hosted in India and Pakistan only once each. The sole instance when Pakistan hosted the Asia Cup was in 2008, which also marked the last time the Indian cricket team played there.

     PCB’s Efforts and Controversy: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) pushed for a hybrid model of the tournament, securing the hosting of four matches in the country. However, the degree of success achieved by this move is being debated within the cricket community in Pakistan. Over the past few years, the PCB has seen several changes in leadership, each presenting a slightly different stance.

     Asia Cup as a Symbol: In a tweet, BCCI secretary and Asian Cricket Council president Jay Shah hailed the Asia Cup as a symbol of unity, bringing together diverse nations through the sport. Beyond the diplomatic aspect, the tournament holds immense cricketing significance, taking place in the One Day International (ODI) format. It serves as a dress rehearsal for the teams before the World Cup commences in India on October 5.

     As cricket enthusiasts await the commencement of the Asia Cup, the stage is set for thrilling matches and intense rivalries that transcend boundaries.

     2023 Asia Cup Schedule:

MatchesDateTimeVenue
PAKISTAN vs NEPALWed Aug 30, 20233:00 PMMultan
BANGLADESH vs SRI LANKAThur Aug 31, 20233:00 PMKandy
PAKISTAN vs INDIASat Sep 2, 20233:00 PMKandy
BANGLADESH vs AFGHANISTANSun Sep 3, 20233:00 PMLahore
INDIA vs NEPALMon Sep 4, 20233:00 PMKandy
AFGHANISTAN vs SRI LANKATue Sep 5, 20233:00 PMLahore
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Wed Sep 6, 20233:00 PMLahore
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Sat Sep 9, 20233:00 PMColombo
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Sun Sep 10, 20233:00 PMColombo
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Tue Sep 12, 20233:00 PMColombo
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Thur Sep 14, 20233:00 PMColombo
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Fri Sep 15, 20233:00 PMColombo
T.B.C. vs T.B.C.Sun Sep 17, 20233:00 PMColombo
DateIndian MatchesVenue
September 2, 2023Pakistan vs IndiaKandy
September 4, 2023India vs NepalKandy
September 6, 2023Super 4:A1 vs B2Lahore
September 9, 2023Super 4:B1 vs B2Colombo
September 10, 2023Super 4:A1 vs A2Colombo
September 12, 2023Super 4:A2 vs B1Colombo
September 14, 2023Super 4:A1 vs B1Colombo
September 15, 2023Super 4:A2 vs B2Colombo
September 17, 2023FinalColombo
Group 1: TeamsGroup 2: Teams
IndiaSri Lanka
PakistanAfghanistan
NepalBangladesh
Cricket EventAsia Cup 2023
Council NameAsian Cricket Council (ACC)
Hosting Country NamesSri Lanka and Pakistan
Total Teams6 Teams
Total Matches13 Matches
TeamsPakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
Asia Cup Start Date30th August 2023
Asia Cup 2023 Final Match Date17 September 2023
Schedule Release date19 July 2023
ACC Official Websiteasiancricket.org
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