The eagerly awaited Asia Cup 2023 is all set to kick off from August 30th to September 17th. There is going to be a 50-over ODI tournament this time. Get ready to see them at international venues.
The grand finale will showcase the clash of the top two teams winning out of the Super Four.
Marking its commencement in Multan, the Asia Cup 2023 will witness a captivating opening encounter between Pakistan and Nepal. The participating six teams are divided into two competitive groups: Group A comprises Pakistan, India, and Nepal. And Group B features Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Matches will be contested in the fifty-overs format, with hosting duties being shared between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will facilitate four matches across two venues, while the remainder of the riveting games will unfold in Sri Lanka.
To keep you informed, here’s a official finalized schedule of the Asia Cup 2023:
|August 30||Pakistan vs Nepal||Multan, Pakistan|
|August 31||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|September 2||Pakistan vs India||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|September 3||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Lahore, Pakistan|
|September 4||India vs Nepal||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|September 5||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka||Lahore, Pakistan|
Super Four Stage:
|September 6||A1 vs B2||Lahore, Pakistan|
|September 9||B1 vs B2||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|September 10||A1 vs A2||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|September 12||A2 vs B1||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|September 14||A1 vs B1||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|September 15||A2 vs B2||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|September 17||FINAL (Teams TBC)||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
Asia Cup 2023 Tournament Format
The Asia Cup 2023, announced on January 9, 2023, has devised an engaging format that promises a captivating cricket spectacle. The six dynamic teams have been strategically divided into two groups, each comprising three teams. This edition of the tournament encompasses a total of 13 matches. This consists of six league matches, six Super 4 matches, and the grand final.
- Group A: India, Pakistan, Nepal (Qualifiers from the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup)
- Group B: Sri Lanka (defending champions), Bangladesh, Afghanistan
During the league stage, each team in their respective groups will engage in riveting contests. Following the conclusion of the league matches, the top two contenders from both Group A and Group B will progress to the much-anticipated Super 4 stage.
Asia Cup 2023 Updates
Ahead of the anticipated commencement of the Asia Cup on August 30, concerns have arisen regarding the availability of India’s notable middle-order batsmen, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. Adding to the intrigue, Shreyas Iyer’s participation in the upcoming World Cup remains uncertain at present.
With a total of 13 matches lined up, Group A featuring Pakistan, India, and Nepal, and Group B housing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, cricket enthusiasts can eagerly anticipate the thrilling clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, slated for September 2 in Kandy.
This year’s Asia Cup marks the return of the One-Day International (ODI) for India for October and November. The 2018 edition saw India, led by Rohit Sharma, secure victory, triumphing over Bangladesh in an electrifying final by a mere three wickets.
Asia Cup 2023 Venues and Hosts
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will jointly host the cricketing fervor of the Asia Cup 2023. Stay tuned for more updates and watch out for remarkable performances.
Asia Cup 2023 Group Composition
Confirming the grouping details, Jay Sah, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, revealed that India and Pakistan will share Group 1, enhancing the competition’s intrigue.
|Group 1||Group 2|
Asia Cup 2023 Team India Squad (Official)
The official team squad for Asia Cup 2023 includes an array of talented players who are set to ignite the tournament with their prowess:
- Openers: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill,
- Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma
- Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan
- All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel
- Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
- Travelling stand-by player: Sanju Samson
India’s Squad Analysis
The anticipated Asia Cup 2023 sees India’s squad blend seasoned campaigners with emerging talents. The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are entrusted with providing a strong start, while the middle order boasts stalwarts like Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Ishan Kishan.
The dynamic duo of all-rounders, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, lend versatility to the team, complemented by the spin triumvirate – Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel. Spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, the pace department showcases depth through the inclusion of Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.
Asia Cup 2023 Squads Unveiled
As the excitement builds for the Asia Cup 2023, the lineups for participating teams have been officially revealed:
Rohit Paudel (captain), Mahamad Asif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Lalit Rajbanshi, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Gulshan Kumar Jha, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Pratish GC, Kishor Mahato, Sundeep Jora, Arjun Saud, Shyam Dhakal
Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Litton Das, Tanzid Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Sheikh Mahedi, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Naim Sheikh
Asia Cup 2023: Key Details
- Cricket Event: Asia Cup 2023
- Council Name: Asian Cricket Council (ACC)
- Hosts: Sri Lanka and Pakistan
- Total Teams: 6 Teams
- Total Matches: 13 Matches
- Participating Teams: Pakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
- Asia Cup Start Date: August 30, 2023
- Asia Cup 2023 Final Match Date: September 17, 2023
- Schedule Release Date: June
- Streaming Partners: Hotstar, Jio Cinema, Amazon Prime, Star Sports
- ACC Official Website: asiancricket.org
Asia Cup 2023: Enhanced Lineup
The Asia Cup 2023 showcases an expanded lineup, featuring six participating teams. Nepal has joined the ranks, earning their place through the ACC Men’s Premier League.
Asia Cup 2023: Format Clarification
Asia Cup 2023: Dual Hosts
The dual-hosting arrangement for Asia Cup 2023 will be a collaborative effort between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will stage the initial four matches, followed by the continuation of the tournament in Sri Lanka.
Hybrid Model Introduced
Breaking new ground, the Asian Cricket Council has introduced a hybrid model for Asia Cup 2023. The tournament will span across Pakistan and Sri Lanka, starting from August 31 and the final on September 17.
Asia Cup 2023: Diverse Participating Nations
The Asia Cup 2023 will witness cricketing prowess from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal, creating an atmosphere of intense competition and anticipation.
Embrace of the 50-Overs Format
A notable highlight of Asia Cup 2023 is the return to the prestigious 50-overs format. This marks a departure from the T20 format witnessed in recent editions.