Before the ICC World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to happen in October in India, a big continental cricket event is on the way to its commencement. From August 30 to September 17, six cricket-loving Asian nations would be seen fighting on the cricket field for 18 days (August 30 to September 17) for the continental title. Top players from the teams would try to battle as hard as they can to drive their nations towards victory, and there is no doubt that the intensity these players bring to the arena would be amazing to watch, especially as the heat would get more intensified during the India vs. Pakistan match, which is going to happen on September 2, 2023.
Asia Cup 2023, after several months of battle between the BCCI, ACC, and PCB, is finally going to commence on August 30. Earlier, it was to be hosted entirely by Pakistan, but BCCI raised issues regarding the security arrangements, due to which now it is being jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with the island nation getting the opportunity to host more matches. Here are the complete details of the Asia Cup 2023 schedule, including teams, fixtures, and squads.
Asia Cup 2023 details: Hosts| Start Date| End Date| Streaming Partners
|Council Name||Asian Cricket Council (ACC)|
|Teams||India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan|
|Hosts||Pakistan and Sri Lanka|
|Start Date||30th August, 2023|
|End Date||17th September, 2023|
|Streaming Partners||Amazon Prime, Jio Cinema, Hotstar|
Asia Cup 2023 Dates, Fixtures, and Venues:
|Pakistan Vs Nepal||30 August||Multan, Pakistan|
|Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka||31 August||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Pakistan Vs India||2 September||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan||3 September||Lahore, Pakistan|
|India Vs Nepal||4 September||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Afghanistan v Sri Lanka||5 September||Lahore, Pakistan|
|A1 v B2||6 September||Lahore, Pakistan|
|B1 v B2||9 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|A1 v A2||10 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|A2 v B1||12 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|A1 v B1||14 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|A2 v B2||16 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|FINAL||17 September||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
Asia Cup 2023: Teams and their Squads
As six teams are going to fight for the Asia Cup title, the top cricket players of the nation are selected by the selectors so that team could fight best at the event. Some teams have already announced the squad they are going to play with, and here are the teams and their squads for the Asia Cup 2023.
India squad for the Asia Cup 2023:
India is one of those teams in the Asia Cup who have established their dominance in cricket not just regionally but worldwide. The Indian team till 2022 has won the Asia Cup title seven times, and in 2023 they would be thinking of claiming this title for the eighth time. Recently, the BCCI announced the Indian squad, which includes the 17 best players in the selectors opinion. The team would be led by Rohit Sharma, and his deputy would be Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, and Sanju Samson (back up)
Sri Lanka Squad for Asia Cup 2023:
Sri Lanka claimed the recent Asia Cup, which happened in the UAE. The island nation is in second place in terms of winning the title, as Sri Lanka earlier claimed the title six times. This time they would be thinking of defending their title, and here is the squad of Sri Lanka for Asia Cup 2023.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (vc), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan.
Nepal squad for Asia Cup 2023:
The landlocked nation is going to play in the Asia Cup for the first time. A team of youngsters will be seen in action in the continental event, and the team will be captained by the experienced Rohit Paudel. Here is the list of players who are going to represent their nation in the Asia Cup in 2023.
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
Pakistan squad for the Asia Cup 2023:
Pakistan is the co-host for the Asia Cup 2023 and will enter the event to clinch the title. With Babar Azam as the captain of the team and lethal pacers on their side, they will play with full potential to win the Asia Cup title for the third time.
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.
Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup 2023:
Bangladesh has yet to win an Asia Cup title, and this time they will be eyeing their first Asia Cup title.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Afghanistan squad for the Asia Cup 2023:
Afghanistan squad for the Asia Cup 2023 has been announced, and Hashmatullah Shahidi will be leading the team in the Asia Cup 2023.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Abdul Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Suliman Safi, Fazalhaq Farooqi
How many teams are there in Asia Cup 2023?
There are six teams in the Asia Cup 2023: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Nepal is going to make its debut in the Asia Cup earlier this year. The landlocked nation has never faced big opponents like India and Pakistan at such a big tournament.
Who is going to host Asia Cup 2023?
This time, the Asia Cup would be jointly hosted by Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with Sri Lanka hosting nine out of the 13 matches scheduled. The matches would be held in a 50-over format, keeping the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in mind.
How many groups are there in Asia Cup 2023?
There are two groups, A and B. India will be part of group A along with Pakistan and Nepal, and in group B, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are there.