- BCCI President Roger Binny and VP Rajeev Shukla may visit Pakistan during the Asia Cup.
- PCB extends invitations to ACC and ICC members for the event.
- BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also invited by PCB.
- The 2023 Asia Cup to be hosted jointly by Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17.
Sources indicate that during the upcoming Asia Cup, there’s a likelihood that the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Roger Binny, and the Vice President, Rajeev Shukla, may pay a visit to Pakistan. This development stems from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) extending invitations to ACC and ICC members for the event.
Furthermore, the PCB has extended invitations to BCCI Secretary and President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), Jay Shah. Alongside the ACC board members, dignitaries such as ICC Chairman Greg Barclay, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice, and General Manager Cricket Wasim Khan have also received invitations from the PCB.
Scheduled to take place between August 30 and September 17, the 2023 Asia Cup will be jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the tournament’s grouping, Pakistan finds itself in Group A, accompanied by Nepal and India. Meanwhile, Group B consists of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.
The tournament’s opening match will see the Pakistan cricket team facing Nepal, who are making their debut appearance in the Asia Cup, on August 30 in Multan. The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023.
In this scenario, Pakistan retains its position as A1, and India as A2. However, if either of them (India or Pakistan) fails to qualify for the Super 4s, Nepal will step in to take their place.
Similarly, Sri Lanka holds the B1 position, and Bangladesh is designated as B2. Should either of them (Sri Lanka or Bangladesh) not advance to the Super 4s, Afghanistan will step in to fill the void.
The tournament schedule includes four matches to be held in Pakistan, while Sri Lanka will host nine matches, including the final. Notably, the 2023 Asia Cup will be played in the 50-over format, a departure from the T20 and ODI alternation seen since 2016. This format choice is aimed at aiding teams in their preparations for the World Cup scheduled to be held in India later in the same year.
India enters the tournament as the defending champions of the 50-over Asia Cup, with the last edition having taken place in 2018.
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