The highly anticipated Men’s Asia Cup 2023 is all set to make a comeback in Pakistan after 15 whole years increasing the curiosity among cricket enthusiasts.
This edition of the Asia Cup is set to be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, a prelude to the ICC World Cup scheduled for October 2023.
Among the thirteen matches, four will take place in Pakistan, while the remaining nine matches are designated for Sri Lanka, where arch-rivals India will also make their presence felt.
The inaugural match of the tournament is slated for August 30 in the city of Multan, colloquially known as the “City of Saints,” featuring Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Subsequent games will unfold in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province also known as The Heart Of Pakistan, on September 3 between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
The final two matches will be held on September 5. The Super Four Group match is scheduled for September 6 in Lahore as well.
The formidable clash between nemesis and cricket giants India and Pakistan is set for September 2 in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.
Addressing concerns about affordability, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has affirmed that ticket prices will be kept reasonable for this historic return to Pakistan.
Furthermore, the PCB has unveiled the squad for the Asia Cup 2023:
Openers: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, and Imam-ul-Haq.
Middle Order: Babar Azam (captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, and Saud Shakeel (for the Afghanistan series only).
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Haris.
Spinners: Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Mohammad Nawaz, and Usama Mir.
Pace All-rounder: Faheem Ashraf.
Pacers: Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, and Shaheen Afridi.