The schedule for the Asia Cup 2023 is undergoing significant adjustments due to a decision by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate six Super 4 matches. Originally planned to take place in Colombo, these matches will now be hosted in Hambantota. This alteration is in response to the anticipation of prolonged rainfall in Colombo during the originally scheduled match dates.
The ACC is poised to officially announce this decision shortly, following a careful monitoring of weather forecasts that indicated a high likelihood of rain disruptions in Colombo. Among the matches affected by this relocation is the highly anticipated clash between Pakistan and India, now rescheduled to occur in Hambantota on September 10.
In light of the unpredictable weather conditions, there is also consideration for a reserve day for the Pakistan-India encounter. This precautionary measure is particularly important, given that their group-stage match was abandoned without a single ball being bowled in the second innings.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously expressed concerns to the ACC regarding the weather-related challenges in Colombo. In response, the ACC has assured proper coordination and has addressed these concerns to the best of their ability.
It’s worth mentioning that this decision has come amid criticism directed at the ACC for scheduling Asia Cup matches in Sri Lanka during a period known for its consistent rainfall.
Super 4 matches to be shifted are as follows:
- Sept 9 – B1 vs B2
- Sept 10 – Pakistan vs India
- Sept 12 – India vs B1
- Sept 14 – Pakistan vs B1
- Sept 15 – India vs B2
- Sept 17 – Final