Will BCCI officials visit Pakistan For Asia Cup 2023

Will BCCI officials visit Pakistan for Asia Cup
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Ahead of the Asia Cup 2023, the Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the President of the Asian Cricket Council and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah to watch the inaugural match of the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Will BCCI officials visit Pakistan for Asia Cup 

The Asia Cup 2023 is set to begin on August 30, when Pakistan and Nepal will be having their first match at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan. According to sources, PCB has sent invitations to BCCI president Roger Binny and Vice President Rajeev Shukla and they are likely to visit Pakistan for the tournament.

Apart from ACC board members, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice, and Wasim Khan have also been invited for the inaugural match of the event. Previously Jay Shah had denied visiting Pakistan for the Asia Cup last month.

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup tournament is scheduled to play between August – September and will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The tournament will be played between the five full members of the Asian Cricket Council. The 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup winner Nepal will join India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The participating 6 teams will be categorized into 2 groups of three teams where the top 2 teams of the Asia Cup 2023 points table will advance to the Super Four round(of each group). The final of the tournament will be played between the top two teams of the Super 4 round.

India, Pakistan, and Nepal were grouped in A while Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan will be in Group B.

The Asia Cup 2023 will serve as a warmup match for the upcoming ODI World Cup. The board and team management considered all possibilities for the Asia Cup and gave the team the best chance of winning the title.

India is the most successful team in the Asia cup with 7 titles, following Sri Lanka with six titles and Pakistan with two titles.

Out of 13 matches, four matches will be played in Pakistan while the remaining 9 matches will be played in Sri Lanka.  India will be having their first match against their arch-rivals Pakistan on September 2 at Pallekele International Stadium.

Bangladesh is set to have its first match against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup on August 31, at Pallekele International Stadium, following a match against Afghanistan on September 3 at Gaddafi Stadium.

Asia Cup will serve as preparation for India before the World Cup, which is scheduled to start on October 5. The ICC tournament will be hosted by India on 10 different Venues.