The much anticipated Asia Cup games between India and Pakistan is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka. The decision came after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that Rohit Sharma led the Indian squad would not travel to Pakistan.
On the 12th of July, Wednesday, Mr. Arun Dhumal, the Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) confirmed on Wednesday. The statement came after the International Council Chairman (ICC) Chief Executives Meet (CEC.)
Notably, besides the CEC meeting, Mr. Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary and Mr. Zaka Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are also scheduled to hold a meeting on the 13th of July, Thursday. During the scheduled meeting, Mr. Jay Shah and Mr. Zaka Ashraf would finalize the schedule of the 2023 Asia Cup.
Giving the brief about the CEC meeting, Mr. Arun Dhumal said, “Our secretary met PCB head Zaka Ashraf and the Asia Cup schedule was finalized and it is on course as it was discussed earlier. There will be four games of the league stage in Pakistan, followed by 9 games in Sri Lanka including both India versus Pakistan games and in case a third game if both teams play final.” Furthermore, he also rubbished reports emerging from Pakistan media that India will travel to neighboring countries as their sports minister Ehsan Mazari had been claiming in some quarters.
Mr. Arun Dhumal said, “There was no such discussion held. Neither India is traveling to Pakistan nor our secretary will be traveling contrary to reports that have surfaced. Only the schedule was finalized.”
India in all likelihood will play Pakistan in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla just like the 2010 edition. Pakistan’s only home match in their country will be against minnows Nepal. The other three games of the Asia Cup 2023 would be held in Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan.
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