New Delhi. The Asia Cup schedule has finally been announced. The tournament will be held in August-September in the ODI format and Pakistan and Sri Lanka will host the matches. Four matches of the tournament will be held in Pakistan, while 9 matches including the final will be held in Sri Lanka. In such a situation, traveling to Sri Lanka and Pakistan for their matches can prove to be tiring for the players. Through this tournament, before the ICC ODI World Cup, Asian teams will get a chance to test their potential and weak and strong sides.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), terming the tournament schedule as strange. Citing the tiring schedule, he said that the PCB does not care about its players. Now Jalal Yunus, Cricket Operations Chairman of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also expressed his concern regarding the schedule of the tournament. He believes that excessive traveling in the hybrid model of the Asia Cup can have an adverse effect on the players.
Bangladesh is in Group B along with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh is placed in Group B along with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The team will have to travel to Sri Lanka for their opening group stage match against Dasun Shanaka’s team on 31st August. After this, the team will have to go to Pakistan to face Afghanistan in their second group match on September 3. Cricbuzz quoted Younus as saying, ‘Yes, we will have to go to Lahore to play the first match. There are two matches in the first round, one in Sri Lanka and the other in Pakistan. We have to go because you can’t do anything about it. The next match after 31 August is on 3 September. We will travel by chartered planes, it is the responsibility of the ASEAN Cricket Council. Definitely we would like to travel by quality airline. If it is a national airline or chartered plane then definitely it will be good for all.
‘..but we have to prepare accordingly’
Jalal Younus, who will replace Akram Khan in the year 2021 as Cricket Operations Chairman, said that traveling by air and reaching the airport two hours before flights can put players under mental stress. However, he also agreed that since other teams have agreed to the schedule, Bangladesh will have to prepare accordingly.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 21, 2023, 08:19 IST