- Asia Cup 2023’s Super 4 stage is set to sizzle with top teams competing for supremacy.
- Controversy arises over venue change as Super 4 matches move to Colombo.
- Intense cricket action culminates in the Asia Cup 2023 Final on September 17.
The Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023 has ignited cricketing passion as it kicks off, bringing anticipation to the forefront among cricket aficionados. The official unveiling of the Super 4 schedule this Tuesday has set the stage for thrilling battles among the top-performing teams.
Group A witnessed fierce competition, with Pakistan and India emerging as the standout contenders. Meanwhile, Group B saw Bangladesh and Sri Lanka securing their coveted Super 4 berths through hard-fought contests. The upcoming Super 4 matches promise a spectacle of cricketing brilliance as these four formidable teams vie for ultimate glory. Here’s how the schedule unfolds:
- September 6: Pakistan vs. Bangladesh in Lahore at 2:30 pm (PST)
- September 9: Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
- September 10: Pakistan vs. India in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
- September 12: India vs. Sri Lanka in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
- September 14: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
- September 15: India vs. Bangladesh in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)**
The grand climax of this thrilling tournament, the Asia Cup 2023 Final, is slated for September 17 in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST). It will witness the most formidable teams battling for the prestigious title.
Nonetheless, the run-up to this stage has not been without its share of controversy. The President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), Jay Shah, raised eyebrows by revealing that the Super 4 matches would be hosted in Colombo, contradicting the initial plan to stage them in Hambantota. This decision was prompted by an extended forecast of rain in Colombo, potentially disrupting the games.
While it was formally communicated to all ACC members through an official email, a surprising turn of events led to the decision’s retraction. The matches are now set to proceed as originally scheduled in Colombo, sparking concerns and prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to call for an urgent meeting to address the matter.
As this controversy brews, players find themselves in a state of uncertainty, and Jay Shah, also the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), finds himself once again entangled in scheduling disputes, reminiscent of the ICC World Cup 2023 schedule adjustments that stirred criticism within the cricketing community.
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