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Preparations begin at Gadaffi Stadium for Asia Cup

Preparations begin at Gadaffi Stadium for Asia Cup

The bustling atmosphere of preparation is underway at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium as it readies itself to become the stage for three exhilarating Asia Cup 2023 matches in September.

Operating under the hybrid model, Lahore has secured the privilege of hosting three matches, including a pivotal Super 4-stage clash. Multan, in contrast, has been entrusted with launching the tournament, with the opening match slated between Pakistan and Nepal.

Meticulous preparations have been put in place to ensure the pitches for the matches and the square are primed to meet the standards of the prestigious Asian event. Notably, an additional bouncy practice pitch has been crafted using Australian soil.

The inaugural match at Lahore will witness Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing off on September 3. On September 5, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will take the field at the same venue. The Super 4s stage will also commence in Lahore with a match scheduled for September 6.

Comprehensive Schedule Group Stage

  • Aug 30: Pakistan vs Nepal in Multan
  • Aug 31: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka in Kandy
  • Sept 2: Pakistan vs India in Kandy
  • Sept 3: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan in Lahore
  • Sept 4: India vs Nepal in Kandy
  • Sept 5: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka in Lahore

Super 4s

  • Sept 6: A1 vs B2 in Lahore
  • Sept 9: B1 vs B2 in Colombo
  • Sept 10: A1 vs A2 in Colombo
  • Sept 12: A2 vs B1 in Colombo
  • Sept 14: A1 vs B1 in Colombo
  • Sept 15: A2 vs B2 in Colombo
  • Sept 17: Grand Finale in Colombo

*Team positions remain constant irrespective of their standings after the initial round:

  • Pakistan retains A1
  • India holds A2
  • If either Pakistan or India doesn’t qualify for Super 4s, Nepal takes their place
  • Sri Lanka maintains B1
  • Bangladesh continues as B2
  • If either Sri Lanka or Bangladesh fails to qualify for Super 4s, Afghanistan steps in.

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