The ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023 will kick off on Wednesday with the inaugural match between the Pakistan and Nepal at Multan Cricket Stadium – PTV Sports Live.
The Asia Cup 2023 is the 16th Edition of the Asia Cup with the matches to be played in the One Day Internationals (ODIs) format, and it is jointly being hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The six nations tournament has been divided into two groups having three teams each.
The Group A includes Pakistan, India, and Nepal while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are in the Group B.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 29, 2023
Pakistan’s squad against Nepal:
- Fakhar Zaman
- Babar Azam (Captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan (Wicket Keeper)
- Agha Salman
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Shadab Khan
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Naseem Shah
- Haris Rauf
Nepal’s squad against Pakistan:
- Kushal Bhurtel
- Aasif Sheikh (Wicket Keeper)
- Rohit Paudel (Captain)
- Aarif Sheikh
- Kushal Malla
- Dipendra Singh Airee
- Gulsan Jha
- Sompal Kami
- Karan KC
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Lalit Rajbanshi
Get ready for the ultimate clash as 6 top Asian teams fight for supremacy in the Men’s ODI Asia Cup! Exciting matches await in Pakistan (2:30 PM Pak time) and Sri Lanka (3:00 PM SL local time). Let the battle begin! 🏆 #ACC pic.twitter.com/kh9YJM8phK
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) August 22, 2023
This is Pakistan’s first match after climbing to the top spot in the Men’s ODI Team Rankings surpassing Australia.
Pakistan reached the milestone after thrashing Afghanistan in a recently concluded three-match ODI series held in Sri Lanka from August 22 to August 26, 2023.
In Asia Cup, India – with seven titles (six ODI and one T20I) in 1984, 1988, 1990–91, 1995, 2010, 2016, and 2018 – is the most successful team followed by Sri Lanka which have sealed the title six times in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014, and 2022 while Pakistan have won two titles in 2000 and 2012.