The second match of the Asia Cup Super 4s stage between cricketing giants Pakistan and India has been relocated to the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. The decision was made due to concerns over unpredictable weather conditions in Colombo, where the match was initially scheduled to take place on September 10, 2023.
The change in venue was announced after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) deliberated on the matter following a rain-affected match between the two teams on September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The persistent showers had led to the cancellation of Pakistan’s run chase, despite a successful day in the field for the team.
The decision to shift the venue was communicated by anonymous officials after Zaka Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, contacted ACC President Jay Shah. The move aims to prevent another match from being disrupted by inclement weather.
Despite the draw in the rain-affected match, Pakistan has qualified for the Super 4s stage of the Asia Cup 2023. They started their campaign with a resounding 238-run victory over Nepal. On the other hand, India’s first match in the tournament was against Nepal, making it a crucial encounter for them.
However, the relocation of the match has not been without controversy. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the hotel accommodations provided to the Indian team in Dambulla city. Sources indicate that the BCCI believes the hotels in Dambulla do not meet the required standards. Broadcasters have also raised objections to the hotel arrangements in Hambantota.
Despite these challenges, fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming match between the arch-rivals on September 10, hoping for an exciting contest unaffected by weather disruptions.