The Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah announced that India and Pakistan has been clubbed in the same group of the 2023 Asia Cup to be played in September. It will be a dress rehearsal for both teams before the 50-over World Cup that will take place in India in October-November.
India, Pakistan, and the qualifying team comprise Group 1 while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will feature in another group. The arch-rivals India and Pakistan will meet one more time before the main event. A total of 13 matches will be played in Asia Cup 2023. Two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4.
The top two teams would qualify for the finals. Both teams meet twice during the Asia Cup 2022 played in UAE. They also meet in the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup Super-12 game. India has a brilliant record against arch-rivals in World Cups and would be looking to do the same in the upcoming 50 overs World Cup 2023.
Besides the Asia Cup 2023, ACC announced the schedule for the 2023-24 cycle. A total of 145 ODI and T20I matches would be played. The cycle begins with 50 over men’s challenger Cup in February 2023. Men’s Under 16 Regional tournaments would take place in March that will be played at 35 overs.
A thrilling tournament will take place
A total of 10 teams would feature in 50 overs Men’s Premier Cup. UAE, Nepal, Kuwait, Qatar, qualifier 1, Oman, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and qualifier 2 will feature in April. A total of 10 teams will feature in that tournament including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, China, and the qualifying team. The second group consists of Myanmar, Maldives, Thailand, Iran, and another qualifying team that will take place in October.
“Presenting the @ACCMedia1 pathway structure & cricket calendars for 2023 & 2024! This signals our unparalleled efforts & passion to take this game to new heights. With cricketers across countries gearing up for spectacular performances, it promises to be a good time for cricket,” tweeted Shah.
Presenting the @ACCMedia1 pathway structure & cricket calendars for 2023 & 2024! This signals our unparalleled efforts & passion to take this game to new heights. With cricketers across countries gearing up for spectacular performances, it promises to be a good time for cricket! pic.twitter.com/atzBO4XjIn
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) January 5, 2023
After that, Women’s T20 emerging Team Asia Cup will be played in June. India A, Pakistan A, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bangladesh A, Sri Lanka A, UAE, and Malaysia would feature.
The men’s Under 19 challenger Cup would take place in October. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, China, the qualifying team, Myanmar, Maldives, Thailand, Iran, and one more team would feature.