ACC approached PCB to Change the Venue for the Final and super-4 of Asia Cup 2023
The Asian Cricket Council approached the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board as they are co-hosting this grand event, for a change in upcoming matches of Super Four and the final of Asia Cup 2023.
This step is taken in consideration of the rain-affected Ind vs. Pak match and the heavy rain forecast in Colombo during the scheduled dates. Previously all the matches of the Super Four and the Final were set to happen in Colombo but now it is the need of the hour to change it.
The rain played the role of a real rival during the match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on Saturday. The whole world was waiting for this big bash clash as both teams only play against each other in International events like the Asia Cup and ICC tournaments.
Not only it was a huge disappointment for cricket lovers and fans but also a big loss to broadcasters, shareholders, and media agencies. Furthermore, the upcoming match between India and Nepal can also be affected by rain.
At the moment, the Final and Super Four Stage matches are more likely to shift to the Pllekelle International Stadium, Dambulla, and Hambantota. The Pallekelle Stadium is currently hosting the Group stage matches where rain also disturbed the game to lead India Pakistan match in no result giving 1 point to each team.
Initially, Sri Lanka suggested Dambulla to stage most of the matches because of the rainy season of monsoon. However, BCCI and other participating teams were not ready to travel to Dambulla instead of the Capital Colombo.
Earlier BCCI did not agree to travel to Pakistan which was the sole and legitimate host of the Asia Cup 2023. PCB. Therefore, proposed the idea of a hybrid model to stage matches in Pakistan and Dubai and preferred Sri Lanka claiming Dubai is “too hot”.
With the washout between India and Pakistan, former Chairperson PCB, Najam Sethi taunted India in a tweet, “Too hot in Dubai, they said. But it was as hot as when the Asia Cup was played there last time in Sep 2022 or when the IPL was played there in April 2014 and Sep 2020. Politics over sport. Unforgivable,”
Worldwide criticism forced ACC to have a crucial meeting to change the Venues for the Super Four as Pakistan and India are more likely to face each other again on Sunday, 10 September after defeating Nepal in a Group Stage match.
That is why, ACC rushed to deliberate the venues for big rounds of cricket ahead possible Pka-India match to restore the damage done earlier in the tournament.
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