The arch-rivals India and Pakistan will resume their epic rivalry in the forthcoming edition of the Asia Cup. The 2023 edition of the Asia Cup will take place from 31st August to 17th September. The celebrated tournament will be played in a hybrid model across Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The final clash of the Asia Cup 2023 will take place on September 17 (Sunday). The Asian Cricket Council has confirmed that India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal will play a total of 13 ODI matches at the Asia Cup. Pakistan will host four matches of the Asia Cup. Last time champions Sri Lanka will host nine games of the prestigious event.
"The tournament will be hosted in a hybrid model with four matches being held in Pakistan, and the remaining nine matches being played in Sri Lanka. The 2023 Edition will feature two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final," the Asian Cricket Council said in a statement.
The hybrid model has come into effect after the BCCI expressed its reservations about touring Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Earlier, former champions Pakistan had the right to entirely host the continental tournament.
According to a previous report, the apex cricket board of India agreed to allow Lahore to host four non-India in the first round of the tournament. BCCI secretary Jay Shah made it clear that India will not travel to Pakistan due to security concerns.
The 2023 edition of the Asia Cup will have two groups. Out of these only two teams can seal their berths for the Super Four stage. The standout teams from the Super Four stage will meet each other in the final of the Asia Cup.