The Asia Cup is a cricket tournament held among Asian cricket-playing nations. It is organized by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Which is a governing body for cricket in Asia. The tournament usually features One Day International (ODI) matches, but there have been instances where Twenty20 (T20) matches have also been included.
The participating teams typically include Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, along with some Associate Members like the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and others.
The Asia Cup has been held intermittently since its inception in 1984. It was originally scheduled to be a biennial event, but due to various reasons, including political tensions between certain nations, the tournament’s frequency has varied. Over the years, the format has also changed, ranging from round-robin to Super Four to straight knockout stages.
The tournament has provided some memorable cricketing moments and intense matches, often stoking the intense cricketing rivalries that exist between the participating nations, particularly India and Pakistan.
Asia Cup 2023 Schedule, Format, Venue, Teams, Squad, Points
The Asia Cup 2023 is a cricket tournament that will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17, 2023. It will be the 16th edition of the Asia Cup, and the first to be co-hosted by multiple countries. The tournament will feature six teams: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal.
Nepal will be making its debut in the Asia Cup after qualifying through the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup. The tournament will be played in the fifty-overs format, with six group-stage matches, four Super 4s matches, and a final. The group-stage matches will be divided into two groups of three teams each, with Pakistan, India, and Nepal in Group A and Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka in Group B. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4s stage.
Where they will play each other once. The top two teams from the Super 4s stage will qualify for the final. The schedule for the tournament was announced on July 19, 2023, by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Pakistan will host four matches across two venues: Multan and Lahore. Sri Lanka will host the remaining nine matches across two venues: Kandy and Colombo. The iconic clash between India and Pakistan is set for September 2 in Kandy. Sri Lanka are the defending champions of the Asia Cup, having won the previous edition in 2018.
The points system for the Asia Cup 2023 is as follows:
In the group stage, each team will get two points for a win, one point for a tie or no result, and zero points for a loss.
In case of a tie in the group stage, the winner will be decided by a Super Over.
In case of no result in the group stage, both teams will share one point each.
In case of more than one team having equal points in the group stage, the ranking order will be determined by the following criteria:
The team with the most wins in the group stage will be placed higher.
If still equal, the team with a higher net run rate in the group stage will be placed higher.
If still equal, the team with a higher number of wickets taken per ball bowled in the group stage will be placed higher.
If still equal, the result of the head-to-head match between the teams will determine their ranking order.
In the Super 4s stage, each team will carry forward their points from their group stage matches against other qualified teams.
In case of a tie or no result in the Super 4s stage, the same criteria as above will apply.
In case of more than one team having equal points in the Super 4s stage, the same criteria as above will apply.
In case of a tie in the final, there will be a Super Over to decide the winner.
In case of no result in the final, both teams will be declared joint winners.
The venues for the Asia Cup 2023 are as follows:
Multan and Lahore in Pakistan: These two cities will host four matches of the group stage, including Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan and Pakistan vs. Nepal.
Kandy and Colombo in Sri Lanka: These two cities will host nine matches of the tournament, including the Super 4s stage and the final. Kandy will also host the iconic clash between India and Pakistan on September 2.