The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chairman Jay Shah announced the pathway structure and cricket calendars for the years 2023 and 2024 on Thursday. The Asia Cup 2023 will take place in September of this year.
Last year’s runners-up, Pakistan, will this time serve as the host nation for the continental competition. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the reigning champions, and Bangladesh will compete in the tournament along with a qualifier.
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The announcement that India and Pakistan would play in the same group (Group 1) for the 2023 Asia Cup is the most interesting. Six teams will compete in the competition during the 16th Asia Cup, which will be held in September.
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
“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!” the ACC president said in a Tweet.
“The Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue”: Jay Shah
Pakistan is slated to host the event, but the BCCI has already stated that India would not go to the neighboring nation.
On October 18, 2022, Jay Shah stated that the Indian squad will not travel across the border for the Asia Cup, which will be hosted in a neutral venue.
“The Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue. I am saying this as ACC President. We (India) can’t go there (to Pakistan), they can’t come here. In the past also, the Asia Cup has been played at a neutral venue,” Jay Shah had said after the 91st BCCI annual general meeting in Mumbai.
Two groups made up of six teams each have been formed. India and Pakistan are in Group 1, and a qualifier will join them. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan make up Group 2’s competitors. The tournament’s precise dates have not yet been revealed.