India are all set to take on Pakistan at Pallekele on 5th September in the Asia Cup 2023 as per the reports in Sportskeeda. The tournament will be played in a hybrid model between 31st August to 17th September in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The reports suggested that Pakistan will take on Nepal in the tournament opener at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. It is also learned that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will play their league matches in Pakistan at the same venue.
India team on the other hand will be playing their matches in Sri Lanka and will play against Pakistan in their opening game of the tournament on September 5 at the Pallekele International Stadium. After that, they will be taking on Nepal at the same venue on 7th September.
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If India manage to qualify for the Super 4s along with Pakistan, the two arch-rivals will likely play against each other on September 10. The reports suggested that India will play all their matches at Pallekele. Although the official schedule is expected to be announced soon, it is also learned that the final will be played at the same venue.
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Asia Cup 2023: New PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf approves hybrid model
There were quite a few issues related to the venue of the Asia Cup 2023 as BCCI wasn’t keen to send India to Pakistan due to security reasons. This led to quite a few arguments between BCCI and PCB over the venue of the tournament. It ultimately led Pakistan Cricket Board to propose a hybrid model, which suggested that the tournament will be played in Pakistan apart from the India games, which will be held at a neutral venue.
After much discussion, both the board concluded and ACC finalized the venues and dates for the tournament. Out of 13 games, 4 games will take place in Pakistan whereas 9 games will be played in Sri Lanka.
Najam Sethi after finalizing the Asia Cup venue was sidelined as the PCB Chairman and Zaka Ashraf took over charge. Many reports suggested the new chief isn’t keen on the hybrid model. But all the reports were quashed off when he recently gave a go-ahead to the hybrid model despite sports minister Ehsan Mazari being against the model.