The Asia Cup is one of the biggest international white ball tournaments in cricket. It alternates every two years between ODI and T20 competitions.
This year’s edition features five of the Asian Test nations along with Nepal, who are making their Asia Cup debut. The first match of the tournament features India and Pakistan.
India vs Pakistan is one of the biggest matches in cricket history. It draws in millions of viewers worldwide, even more than the Ashes buzz does. The rivalry between the arch-rivals is so intense that any player who takes the field against them will be hailed as a national hero if they win, and slaughtered in the media by fans if they lose. The game was a huge deal back in 1986 when Javed Miandad hit a six off the final ball of the match to stun India at Sharjah and secure a famous victory.
This year’s Asia Cup kicked off on August 30 with Babar Azam-led Pakistan thrashing Nepal, while Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh. Several pictures of team photoshoots went viral with no mention of Pakistan under the logo, a controversy that was later explained by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Former players like Rashid Latif and Mohsin Khan also slammed PCB and the Asian Cricket Council for this decision.
Despite the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, it is still important for both countries to maintain their competitive relationship. The tournament enables them to showcase their talent on the international stage while cementing themselves as the dominant force in Asian cricket.
Star Sports, the broadcaster of the tournament, recently rolled out a new promo featuring Virat Kohli that highlights how much the Indian team’s fans love them and support them during victory and defeat. The video shows how the fans cheer their team even when the odds are against them and is a perfect reminder of the kind of support that is needed for every sportsperson to be successful. The India-Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup is set for September 2 and will be a highly anticipated match by millions of cricket fans all over the world.
For the 1.3 billion people living in India and Pakistan, cricket can be a way to bridge the gap between the two nations. Even though tensions between the South Asian neighbours are high, when it comes to cricket, they leave all differences behind and come together in huge numbers at a stadium or in front of a television set to watch their heroes play against each other. India versus Pakistan at any major tournament is always a big draw, with fans from both sides braving the heat or cold to stand in the stands to witness their idols clash on the pitch.
The 2023 edition of the Asia Cup kicked off on August 30 in Multan, where Pakistan beat Nepal to secure their first win of the tournament. The Green team had a number of stars in their lineup with captain Babar Azam and opener Iftikhar Ahmed both making tons in their respective innings. However, it wasn’t long before fans spotted that the name of their host nation was missing from the logo and jerseys. This caused a massive controversy on social media with fans expressing their disappointment at this decision.
It took a lot of diplomatic efforts for Pakistan to even be allowed to host the tournament after they were stripped of most of their matches to placate India’s all-powerful BCCI. The decision to remove the name of their host is being seen as yet another example of how India wields such outsized influence in world cricket thanks to its billion-plus population and immense financial clout.
It’s only a matter of time before the two arch-rivals meet again in a bilateral series, and it will surely be a big crowd pleaser. It’s likely to be a 50-over game and serve as a good dress rehearsal for the ODI World Cup, which is due to be held in England in 2019.
3. Sri Lanka
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) organises the Asia Cup tournament once every two or four years. It’s the biggest international white ball competition in the region and is a warm-up for the ICC World Cup in October. This year the tournament features five full members India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan as well as Nepal, who qualified by winning the 10-team ACC Men’s Premier Cup this April and May.
As expected, India and Pakistan are the most popular teams in the tournament. Both are ranked eighth in the ODI and T20I rankings and boast huge followings across the globe. The two nations are currently locked in a fierce rivalry and their clash in Kandy on Saturday will be keenly followed. Last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia was another high point in the long-standing rivalry. Kohli’s lofted check-drive off Rauf under the Melbourne skyline remains a classic moment in Indian cricket history while Pakistanis will recall Rohit failing to negotiate a lethal tailing-in delivery from Shaheen Afridi.
In the past, both countries have battled it out in several Asia Cup finals. However, India has won the most titles, including six in ODIs and two in T20Is. The tenth edition of the tournament was held in Sri Lanka between 15 and 24 June 2010. It only featured the four Test playing Asian nations and seven matches were played in all. India and Sri Lanka topped their groups to enter the final, where the latter won. Shahid Afridi was named the Player of the Tournament.
The 2023 edition of the tournament is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17, but it was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and moved to the UAE as per reports. The tournament will feature both ODIs and T20Is.
The Asian Cup is a men’s cricket tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council. It is held every two years. It alternates between the ODI and T20I formats. This is the most prestigious event in Asia. It is also one of the biggest events in world cricket.
This year the tournament will be held in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The tournament will feature five full members of the Asian Cricket Council: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as Nepal which qualified by winning the ACC Premier Trophy last year. The tournament will be a warm-up for the ODI World Cup which is scheduled to take place next year in India.
Bangladesh is extremely excited about the tournament. They have never reached the final before, so this is a huge opportunity for them. They have already made a huge statement by defeating Sri Lanka in their opening match in Dhaka. This victory triggered spontaneous street parties in the city.
The defending champions India will face Sri Lanka in the semi-final on September 2. This will be a very interesting match because of the history between the two teams. The arch-rivals have met in nine matches and both have won four times each.
The Asia Cup will be broadcast in India on Star Sports, while live-streaming is available on Disney+ Hotstar. It will also be shown on PTV Sports in Pakistan and on TEN Sports in Bangladesh. In Sri Lanka, the games will be broadcast on SLBC and Gazi TV. The games will start at 3 pm IST, which is 2pm in Pakistan, 3.30 pm in Bangladesh and 9.30 am GMT. There will be an opening ceremony which will feature one celebrity and former cricketer from each of the participating countries.
The team that is fighting for its survival in this competition, Nepal, has a very dedicated fan base. The cricket team has provided rare national pride and hope to people who otherwise have little else to cheer for. Spectators at home and abroad throng matches wearing Nepali flags and making deafening noise in support of the team.
Nepal, after securing a place in the Asia Cup by winning the ACC Premier Cup in early May, is eager to prove that it can compete with some of the top global teams. But it will face a big challenge in the form of India and Pakistan.
Both the teams will meet twice in this tournament. The two countries are placed in the same group, which guarantees television audiences a match between the top two sides. Contrived scheduling like this is part of the nature of multi-team tournaments.
Nevertheless, Nepal will have to win every single match to qualify for the next round of the tournament and eventually make it into the top 16. It would be great for both Pakistan and Nepal if they were able to play in the same group in the future. This will give them more exposure and a chance to learn from each other. It will also help them build stronger ties and work together to control corruption in the sport. The first match of the Asia Cup between Pakistan and Nepal begins at 2:30 PM today. Stay tuned to our social media channels for live updates! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! You can subscribe to our newsletter here. Just $5 a month! Just one click and you are all set to go!
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