The Asia Cup 2023 is a much-anticipated cricket tournament that will bring together some of the best cricketing nations from the Asian continent. This prestigious event, which has been a part of the cricketing calendar since its inception in 1984, promises to be a thrilling spectacle for cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
The Asia Cup 2023 will kick off on August 30, with the host nation Pakistan taking on Nepal in the opening match at the Multan Cricket Stadium. The tournament will span across two countries and four venues, with matches also being held in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, and in Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Kandy. The grand finale is scheduled for September 17 in Colombo.
Asia Cup History
In the history of the Asia Cup, India has won the most titles with seven trophies, followed by Sri Lanka with six, and Pakistan with two. The tournament will be played in the 50-over format, unlike the previous edition which was held in the T20 format.
|Afghanistan||Super fours (1)|
Asia Cup Schedule
According to the Asia Cup 2023 calendar, the tournament will begin on August 30, 2023, with Pakistan hosting Nepal in the first match. The much-anticipated final will take place on September 17, 2023, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Here is the full schedule:
|30 August||Pakistan Vs. Nepal||Multan|
|31 August||Bangladesh Vs. Sri Lanka||Kandy|
|2 September||Pakistan Vs. India||Kandy|
|3 September||Bangladesh Vs. Afghanistan||Lahore|
|4 September||India Vs. Nepal||Kandy|
|5 September||Afghanistan Vs. Sri Lanka||Lahore|
|6 September||A1 v B2||Lahore|
|9 September||B1 v B2||Colombo|
|10 September||A1 v A2||Colombo|
|12 September||A2 v B1||Colombo|
|14 September||A1 v B1||Colombo|
|15 September||A2 v B2||Colombo|
The teams participating in the Asia Cup 2023 are grouped into two groups. As every team looks to secure a position in the Super 4, these groupings promise intense clashes.
|Group A||Group B|
Asia Cup Venues
The participating teams including hosts Pakistan defending champions Sri Lanka, former champions India, underdogs Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and the ever-improving Nepal, have been divided into two groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4s stage, where they will compete in a round-robin format. The top two teams from the Super 4s will then battle it out in the final for the coveted Asia Cup title.
The squads for the Asia Cup 2023 are filled with top-tier talent from across the Asian cricketing nations. Each team will feature a mix of experienced veterans and promising young talents, adding an extra layer of excitement to the tournament. Some of the notable players include Babar Azam (Pakistan), Rohit Sharma (India), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afghanistan), and Rohit Paudel (Nepal).
|Babar Azam (c)||Shadab Khan (vc)||Abdullah Shafique||Faheem Ashraf||Fakhar Zaman||Haris Rauf|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||Imam-ul-Haq||Mohammad Haris (wk)||Mohammad Nawaz||Mohammad Rizwan (wk)||Mohammad Wasim Jr|
|Naseem Shah||Salman Ali Agha||Saud Shakeel||Shaheen Afridi||Usama Mir||Tayyab Tahir (Reserve)|
|Rohit Sharma (c)||Hardik Pandya (vc)||Virat Kohli||Shreyas Iyer||KL Rahul (wk)||Shubman Gill|
|Suryakumar Yadav||Tilak Varma||Ishan Kishan (wk)||Ravindra Jadeja||Axar Patel||Shardul Thakur|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Mohammed Shami||Mohammad Siraj||Kuldeep Yadav||Prasidh Krishna||Sanju Samson (Reserve)|
|Rohit Paudel (c)||Kushal Bhurtel||Aasif Sheikh||Bhim Sharki||Kushal Malla||Aarif Sheikh|
|Dipendra Singh Airee||Gulshan Jha||Sompal Kami||Karan KC||Sandeep Lamichhane||Lalit Rajbanshi|
|Pratish GC||Mousom Dhakal||Sundeep Jora||Kishore Mahato||Arjun Saud|
|Shakib Al Hasan (c)||Litton Kumer Das||Najmul Hossain Shanto||Towhid Hridoy||Mushfiqur Rahim||Afif Hossain Dhrubo|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz||Taskin Ahmed||Hasan Mahmud||Mustafizur Rahman||Shoriful Islam||Nasum Ahmed|
|Shak Mahedi Hasan||Naim Sheikh||Shamim Hossain||Tanzid Hasan Tamim||Tanzim Hasan Sakib|
|Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)||Rahmanullah Gurbaz||Ibrahim Zadran||Riaz Hassan||Rahmat Shah||Najibullah Zadran|
|Mohammad Nabi||Ikram Alikhil||Rashid Khan||Gulbadin Naib||Karim Janat||Abdul Rahman|
|Sharafuddin Ashraf||Mujeeb ur Rahman||Noor Ahmad||Suliman Safi||Fazalhaq Farooqi|
Sri Lanka Squad
|Dasun Shanaka (c)||Pathum Nissanaka||Dimuth Karunaratne||Kusal Janith Perera||Kusal Mendis (vc)||Charith Asalanka|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||Sadeera Samarawickrama||Maheesh Theekshana||Dunith Wellalage||Matheesha Pathirana||Kasun Rajitha|
|Dushan Hemantha||Binura Fernando||Pramod Madushan|
Asia Cup Live Streaming
Cricket fans around the world can catch all the action from the Asia Cup 2023 through various live-streaming platforms. The matches will be telecasted live on PTV Sports and A-Sports, ensuring that fans can enjoy the matches from the comfort of their homes. For online viewers, the tournament will be available for live streaming on platforms like Tapmad and Tamasha, enabling fans to watch the matches on their smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
With its rich history of cricketing rivalries, camaraderie, and exceptional performances, the Asia Cup 2023 promises to be a thrilling event for cricket fans worldwide.