Putting an end to months of speculations over the venue, the marquee clashes between India and Pakistan in the upcoming Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka as Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue won`t travel to Pakistan, IPL chairman Arun Dhumal confirmed on Wednesday.
Dhumal, who is in Durban for the ICC Chief Executives Meet (CEC), confirmed that BCCI secretary Jay Shah and PCB representative head Zaka Ashraf met ahead of ICC Board meeting scheduled on Thursday to finalise the schedule.
“Our secretary met PCB head Zaka Ashraf and the Asia Cup schedule was finalised and it is on course as it was discussed earlier. There will be four games of league stage in Pakistan, followed by 9 games in Sri Lanka including both India versus Pakistan game and in case a third game if both teams play final,” Dhumal told PTI from Durban.
He rubbished reports emerging from Pakistan media that India will travel to neighbouring country as their sports minister Ehsan Mazari had been claiming in some quarters.
“There was no such discussion held. Neither India is travelling to Pakistan nor our secretary will be travelling contrary to reports that have surfaced. Only the schedule was finalised,” Dhumal added.
India in all likelihood will play Pakistan in Sri Lanka`s Dambulla just like 2010 edition.
Pakistan`s only home match in their country will be against minnows Nepal.
The other three games are Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka vs Afghsnistan.
The 2023 edition will feature two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final. The city Lahore will host matches in Pakistan while the games to be played in Sri Lanka will be held in Kandy and Pallekele.