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India vs Pakistan and More: A Preview of the Asia Cup 2023 Cricket Tournament

Introduction to Asia Cup 2023

The Asia Cup is a cricket tournament involving the best teams from the Asian continent.  The Asia Cup is held every two or four years, alternating between the 50-over and 20-over formats.

Asia Cup 2023 Format

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup will be played in 2023 as a 50-over tournament, which will also serve as a preparation for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

Hosts and Venues

The tournament will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, following the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). As per this model, Pakistan would host four matches at two venues, while Sri Lanka would host the remaining nine matches.

Participating Teams

Asia Cup 2023
Asia Cup 2023

The six participating teams in Asia Cup 2023 are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Nepal qualified for the first time by winning the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup, a regional tournament for associate members of the ACC.

Schedule and Fixtures

Asia Cup 2023
Asia Cup 2023

The tournament will be followed by a group stage and a knock-out stage. The six teams will be divided into two groups of three each and each team will play two matches against the other teams in their group. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4, where they will play one match against each team from the other group. The top two teams from the Super 4 will qualify for the finals, where they will compete for the Asia Cup trophy.

India Vs Pakistan

Asia Cup 2023 will begin on 31 August and end on 17 September. The schedule and venues of the matches are yet to be announced by the ACC and the hosts. The iconic match between India and Pakistan is scheduled to take place on September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The Asia Cup is one of the most prestigious and competitive cricket tournaments in the world as it showcases the talent and passion of the Asian teams.

Team Squads for Asia Cup 2023

India

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (v/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.

Pakistan

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.

Sri Lanka

Squad is yet to be announced.

Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Tanjid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mamhud, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Mohammad Naim.

Afghanistan

Squad is yet to be announced.

Nepal

Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratish GC, Mousom Dhakal, Sundeep Jora, Kishore Mahato, Arjun Saud.

Conclusion

Asia Cup 2023
Asia Cup 2023

India is the most successful team in the history of the Asia Cup, having won seven titles (six ODIs and one T20I). Sri Lanka is the second most successful team with six titles (five ODIs and one T20I), followed by Pakistan with two titles (both ODIs).

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