Asia Cup 2023 India Matches Will Be Played At a Different Venue
Pakistan will host the 2023 Asia Cup. However, due to the relationship between Pakistan and India, there is a lot of discussion about where the Asia Cup will be held. However, according to ESPNcricinfo, this year’s Asia Cup 2023 will be held in Pakistan, while India’s matches will be played at some other overseas venue.
PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) have reached a decision after an initial standoff. As a result, both teams can play Asia Cup matches against each other outside of Pakistan. The foreign venue, however, is yet to be confirmed. However, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sri Lanka, and even England are in talks. A total of 4 countries are potential contenders to host a total of five matches including at least two India-Pakistan matches.
India and Pakistan have been placed in a group in the six-nation Asia Cup, to be held in the first half of September this year in the 50-over format, with another qualifying team. The other group consists of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. A total of 13 matches will be held in the 13-day tournament including the final. As in the 2022 Asia Cup, the top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4, and the top two teams will then compete in the finals. India-Pakistan is therefore likely to face each other three times in the tournament.
Before taking a final decision on the Asia Cup issue, a working group has been formed to brief all the participating countries as well as the broadcasters to develop a schedule and travel plan agreed upon. The weather may play an important role in deciding the second venue outside of Pakistan.
Although there will be interest among Asian venues to host high-voltage India-Pakistan matches. But in the UAE in early September, the temperature is usually around 40 degrees Celsius! The 2021 IPL was played there in late September.
Oman’s capital, Muscat, has cooler temperatures and hosted the first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The idea of hosting the match in England is considered ambitious. However, in a city like London, more visitors will be of interest. ACC officials gathered in Dubai to host Asia Cup 2023. On the sidelines of the ICC meeting, the representatives of the member countries discussed the Asia Cup venue issue in detail.
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