The 50-over Asia Cup 2023, set to begin today, has sparked attention due to the absence of the host country, Pakistan’s name, on the jerseys of all participating teams. The recently unveiled kits revealed a noticeable omission of Pakistan’s name below the Asia Cup logo.
This situation has drawn comparisons to last year when Sri Lanka’s name was included on jerseys despite the event taking place in the UAE. This year’s circumstances are distinct, as Pakistan was initially designated as the host for the Asia Cup 2023. However, India’s refusal to play in Pakistan led to diplomatic negotiations, resulting in Sri Lanka joining as a collaborative host.
This unique co-hosting arrangement emphasizes cricket’s ability to unite amidst complex situations. Although the majority of the tournament will be held in Sri Lanka, Pakistan remains the official host. The tournament is divided between the two countries, with four matches scheduled in Pakistan and the rest, including the final, to be held in Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17.
The opening match today will feature Pakistan facing Nepal at the Multan Cricket Stadium at 2:30 pm PST.