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Asia Cup 2023, all you need to know: Venue, format, dates, teams and more

Asia Cup 2023 - All you need to know including venue, schedule, teams, dates and more for Asia Cup 2023
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in September 2023 – here’s all that you need to know about the venues, formats, teams, dates, and much more.

The Asia Cup which was started in 1984 as a way to promote goodwill among Asian countries, has now grown into an important biennial event that generally acts as a precursor to ODI and T20I World Cups. The last edition, played across August-September 2022 in U.A.E., was competed in the T20 format to help prepare teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup. It was won by Sri Lanka.

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup, which is scheduled to be held between September 2-September 17, 2023, is supposed to act as a preparatory event for Asian teams ahead of the ODI World Cup that will follow in October-November.


Venue: Pakistan, UAE, Sri Lanka or elsewhere?

There’s been a lot of chat around the venue for this edition of the Asia Cup. Pakistan are supposed to be the original hosts of the tournament. However, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s said in October 2022 that India wouldn’t travel to Pakistan owing to political tensions between the two countries leading to uncertainty around the scheduling of the event.

PCB head Najam Sethi proposed a hybrid model where India would play their matches at a neutral venue like the United Arab Emirates, while the rest of the matches would have been played in Pakistan. However, that proposal seems to have been rejected as the boards are not too keen to play ODIs in the Gulf in September when conditions are extreme in terms of heat.

The latest reports suggest that the tournament might be entirely shifted to a different location, with Sri Lanka being the front-runners to host it.

What’s the format for Asia Cup 2023?

Six teams are supposed to participate in this edition of the Asia Cup – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal. Nepal have qualified for the Aisa Cup following their victory in the ACC Men’s Premier Cup where they defeated U.A.E. by seven wickets in the final. The other five teams have gained automatic entry by virtue of being Full Member nations.

How many teams will participate?

The six teams are divided into two groups of three each. Each team will play each other once in the first round, with the top two teams from each group qualifying through to the Super fours, where they will play each other once. The top two teams will then contest the final, leading to a total of 13 matches.

When will the Asia Cup schedule be out?

The schedule for Asia Cup 2023 has not been finalised yet, with the decision on the venue for the event yet to be made.

What are the implications of the Asia Cup on the 2023 World Cup?

Pakistan have expressed that if the Asia Cup is moved out of Pakistan for any reason, they would boycott the tournament. That then puts their participation in the ODI World Cup which is scheduled to take place in India later this year, in doubt as well.

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