Pakistan are likely to remain the hosts of Asia Cup 2023 and have its matches played in its own backyard, but it seems like India will play its matches at a separate overseas venue. Both BCCI and PCB, after an initial standoff, are moving swiftly towards brokering a resolution that could have both teams playing their tournament matches against each other outside Pakistan.
The six-nation Asia Cup, which will be played in a 50-over format in the first part of September this year, has grouped India and Pakistan together with a qualifier. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are included in the other category. The final will be one of a total of 13 games that are played over the course of 13 days.
The top two teams from each group proceed to the Super 4s, where the top two teams compete in the final, according to the 2022 Asia Cup format. There is still a chance that India and Pakistan will play three times.
ESPNCricinfo has learnt that though the overseas venue is not confirmed, but the UAE, Oman, Sri Lanka, and even England are potential contenders to host five matches including at least two India-Pakistan contests.
Before making a final decision, a small working group has been established with the task of developing a schedule and travel itinerary that will be acceptable to all participating nations as well as the broadcaster.
Early September temperatures in the UAE typically range between 40 and 40 degrees Celsius. In Muscat, the capital of Oman, temperatures are still lower. Although the possibility of large crowds in a city like London is sure to be tempting, the option for England remains ambitious.
The PCB, which has the hosting rights for the 2023 edition of Asia Cup, was represented by its chair Najam Sethi while the BCCI team comprised its secretary Jay Shah, and Arun Dhumal, the IPL governing council chairman.
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