The Asia Cup 2023 is undergoing a significant adjustment in its schedule due to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) deciding to move six Super 4 matches from their originally intended location in Colombo to Hambantota.
This decision is a response to the expected prolonged period of rainfall in Colombo during the originally planned match dates.
The ACC is set to make this announcement soon after closely monitoring weather forecasts that have indicated a high probability of rain disruptions in Colombo. Among the matches being relocated, the eagerly awaited clash between Pakistan and India will now be held in Hambantota on September 10.
Additionally, recognizing the unpredictable weather conditions, there is consideration for a reserve day for the Pakistan-India match. This precautionary measure is particularly important as their group-stage encounter was abandoned without a single ball being bowled in the second innings.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously expressed concerns to the ACC about the weather-related challenges in Colombo. In response, the ACC has reassured the PCB of their commitment to proper coordination and addressing these concerns to the best of their ability.
It’s worth noting that this decision comes amid criticism directed at the ACC for scheduling Asia Cup matches in Sri Lanka during a period known for its consistent rainfall.
The Super 4 matches to be relocated are as follows:
- September 9: B1 vs B2
- September 10: Pakistan vs India
- September 12: India vs B1
- September 14: Pakistan vs B1
- September 15: India vs B2
- September 17: Final