Everything you need to know about The Asia Cup 2023

Everything you need to know about The Asia Cup 2023

The Men’s Asia Cup begins on August 30 with six teams vying for the title.

Everything you need to know about Asia’s most prestigious cricket event.

The 2023 Asia Cup will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while the 16th edition of the event will feature Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal along with the two hosts.

This will be Nepal’s first match in the tournament. They qualified by winning the inaugural ACC Men’s Premier Cup 2023, where they defeated the United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in the final.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored half-centuries as India scored 184 runs for the loss of 6 wickets against Bangladesh.

The tournament started in the ODI format in 1984, although recent editions have alternated between the ODI and T20I formats. The 2023 edition will be played as an ODI (50-over) contest.

India are the most successful team in the tournament with seven titles (six ODIs and one T20I). Sri Lanka is second with six (five ODIs and one T<>I) title. Pakistan has won the Asia Cup twice.

Asia Cup Group

Group A

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Nepal

Group B

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka

Asia Cup Format

The Asia Cup 2023 will begin on August 30, in which two teams of three teams will play in a round robin style in their group. The top two teams from each group will then qualify for the Super Four stage. There will be another round robin series of Super Four matches. From there, the top two teams will qualify for the final to be played in Colombo on September 17.

Asia Cup Dates

During the Asia Cup 13, 2023 matches will be played from August 30 to September 17, 2023.

The group stage of the tournament will be played from August 30 to September 5. Three of these matches will be played in Pakistan while the rest will be played in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga’s best performance so far in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The Super Four stage will run from September 6 to 15, in which five matches will be played in Sri Lanka and one in Pakistan. The final will be played on September 17 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Watch Asia Cup Live Score

Watch the Live Score of Asia Cup at the ICC Match Centre.

Asia Cup venues

The Asia Cup will be played at four venues in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Multan and Lahore will host the Pakistan leg of the tournament, while Kandy and Colombo will host the Games in Sri Lanka.

  • Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
  • Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
  • Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
  • R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Highlights: Litton Das scored a terrific half-century as Bangladesh pegged India back during their chase in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Squad for Asia Cup

Afghanistan squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rehmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khel, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Jannat, Abdul Rehman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmed, Suleman Safi, Fazal-ul-Haq Farooqi.

Afghanistan took part in the tournament after the 3-0 series defeat at the hands of Pakistan. However, the team can be encouraged by their recent ODI performance. They showed resilience in a 2-1 series defeat against Sri Lanka in June and won the ODI series 2-1 against Bangladesh in July. The team will rely on their world-class spinners to excel in favourable sub-continental conditions.

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tawhid Hardoi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Sharaful Islam, Naseem Ahmed, Shakib Mehidy Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Shakib.

This season, the Tigers won the three-match ODI series against Ireland 2-0 and lost to afghanistan’s spirited team (2-1) in the same format. In addition, they are troubled by player availability issues. Fast bowler Ebadut Hossain was ruled out of the Asia Cup last month due to a knee injury sustained during the ODI series against Afghanistan. Former Captain Tamim Iqbal has stepped down from the captaincy of the ODI team due to a back injury.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli,Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Sanju Samson.

India have a number of key players making a comeback from injury and the team is desperate to regain their best form during the Asia Cup. His recent performances in the ODI format have been a mix of results. They had impressive victories against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, winning both series at home earlier this year, but losing against Australia. Recently, they won the three-match series against the West Indies 2-1.

Nepal squad: Rohit Poudel (captain), Kushal Bhortel, Asif Sheikh, Bhim Sharkey, Kushal Mulla, Arif Sheikh, Deepender Singh Eri, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Kiran KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratish GC, Namush Dhakal, Sandeep Jora, Kishore Mahto, Arjun Saud.

Highlights of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 match between Nepal and united Arab Emirates with Nepali commentary.

Nepal, who made their debut in the tournament, want to continue their impressive form during the Asia Cup. Pakistan made a miraculous comeback in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, winning 11 of the last 12 matches and qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Tayyab Tahir (Travel Reserve).

Pakistan have shown good form in all formats this year. After losing the ODI series to New Zealand in January, they won the ODI series against the same team during April and May. They recently defeated Afghanistan 3-0 in Sri Lanka, due to which they are at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings. The Babar Azam-led team sees the right mix of players in every department.

Sri Lanka squad: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Charitharth Aslanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Mahesh Thekshana, Dunnith Velaj, Mathesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binora Fernando, Pramod Madushan.

Sri Lanka will not have four main bowlers in the Asia Cup 2023. Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara are injured and will be ruled out of the six-team tournament where the bulk of the games will be played at home.

After winning the bilateral series 2-1 against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

In the absence of key players, Dasun Shanaka hopes that the young bowlers will try to defend the Asia Cup title.

Schedule for Asia Cup

Dated Group Stage Place, Venue
August 30th Pakistan vs Nepal Multan, Pakistan
August 31th Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Candy, S.L.
September 2nd ‎India vs Pakistan‎ Candy, S.L.
September 3nd ‎Bangladesh vs Afghanistan‎ ‎Lahore, Pakistan‎
‎September 4th‎ ‎India vs Nepal‎ Candy, S.L.
September 5nd ‎Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka‎ ‎Lahore, Pakistan‎
‎Super 4S‎
September 6nd ‎B1 in A2‎ ‎Lahore, Pakistan‎
‎September 9nd‎ ‎B1 in B2‎ ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎
‎September 10nd‎ ‎A1 in A2‎ ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎
‎September 12nd‎ ‎B2 in A1‎ ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎
‎September 14th‎ ‎B1 in A1‎ ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎
‎September 15nd‎ ‎B2 in A2‎ ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎
‎September 17nd‎ Latest ‎Colombo, Sri Lanka‎



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