Pakistan played their opening match in Lahore against Nepal on August 30. The next day they traveled to Sri Lanka where they were scheduled to play their arch-rivals India in Kandy on September 2.
Now, a day after the game against India, Babar Azam’s team has returned to Lahore where they will play one of the super-four matches on Wednesday. The opponents are yet to be decided. It could be either Bangladesh or Afghanistan.
If all goes according to the provisional seeding, Pakistan and India will meet again in a duel on September 10 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In that case, Pakistan, who will play their first Super Four match on September 6, will have to travel to Sri Lanka again for the remainder of the tournament.
This confusion has happened due to the strained relations between India and Pakistan. In the last decade, the neighboring countries have only played each other in multi-match tournaments at neutral venues.
Earlier this year, India’s board of directors, citing security concerns, refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, prompting this unusual hybrid model.
Pakistan won the first match against Nepal by a resounding score of 238.
However, the main Asia Cup encounter between India and Pakistan was called off when drizzling rain prevented play after the innings break on Saturday.