Asia Cup 2023 will be held in a hybrid model with four matches taking place in Pakistan, and the remaining nine matches being played in Sri Lanka.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced last night that the tournament will take place from August 31 to September 17 later this year. The tournament will feature top teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal, competing in 13 thrilling ODI matches.
Nepal’s participation is particularly significant as it marks their first-ever appearance in an Asian event.
Under the hybrid model, Pakistan will host matches between Pakistan and Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.
The 2023 edition will have two groups, with two teams from each group progressing to the Super Four stage.
The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face each other in the final. This tournament holds great importance for the Asian teams as it will provide valuable preparation for the ICC World Cup, which will take place in India.
Previously, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup due to security concerns.
To ensure the hosting rights of the event were preserved, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed two options in a hybrid model. The first option suggested that India play their matches at a neutral venue, while all other matches would be held in Pakistan.
The second option proposed playing four group stage matches in Pakistan and moving the subsequent phase, including matches with the Indian team and the final, to a neutral venue. Ultimately, the second option of the hybrid model was accepted. The organizers will soon announce the complete schedule of the tournament, providing further details on the matches and venues.