The Press Trust of India reports that the final schedules for this year’s Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been announced. This year’s competition, which will use a 50-over format, is slated to take place from August 31 to September 17. The exact schedule is anticipated to be made public on Friday of this week.
The Asian Cricket Council has chosen a hybrid format for the competition, with the first four matches taking place in Pakistan and the final matches in Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka’s Dambulla, the eagerly awaited match between India and Pakistan will take place. Nepal will be Pakistan’s only adversary in a match at home, which is most likely to take place in Lahore.
Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will play Sri Lanka in the remaining three matches in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman and Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), met to settle the schedule. Zaka Ashraf is the head of the PCB Management Committee. The event took place on Tuesday in Durban, South Africa, during the chief executives’ committee (CEC) meeting of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual session.
The Asia Cup schedule was completed as originally expected, according to Arun Dhumal, the current chairman of the Indian Premier League. “Our secretary met PCB head, Zaka Ashraf,” Dhumal said. Four league stage games will be played in Pakistan, then nine matches, including India against Pakistan match and, if necessary, a third game if both sides advance to the final, would be played in Sri Lanka, according to PTI.
There will be a total of 13 one-day international matches between the participating teams, which are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal. There are two groups made up of these teams. Pakistan, India, and Nepal make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka make up Group B.