Bihar: The upcoming Asia Cup, scheduled to take place from August 30 to September 17, will be hosted using a hybrid model, with both Pakistan and Sri Lanka sharing hosting duties.
In the context of the third one-day international cricket match held on Sunday, August 26, between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a lighthearted moment was captured where Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, playfully kicked Shadab Khan while celebrating their successful dismissal of Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Following a commanding 3-0 victory in the ODI series against Afghanistan, Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, expressed strong confidence that this achievement would serve as a source of inspiration and momentum for his side as they prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup. Notably, the Asia Cup is planned to be conducted in a hybrid format, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka collaborating as hosts for the tournament.
Pakistan’s exceptional performance against Afghanistan culminated in a clean sweep of the ODI series, just prior to the commencement of the Asia Cup. In the final match of the series, held at the R Premadasa Stadium, Pakistan secured a noteworthy 59-run victory over Afghanistan.
Babar Azam remarked, “We are eagerly looking forward to the Asia Cup. Our recent victory in the ODI series against Afghanistan will undoubtedly invigorate our efforts in the upcoming tournament.” He acknowledged the challenges posed by Afghanistan, particularly in conditions favoring spin bowling, and underscored the value of the momentum gained from the series. He further conveyed the team’s commitment to delivering high-quality cricket for their enthusiastic supporters throughout the Asia Cup.
As a result of the series sweep, Pakistan attained the top position in the ICC ODI team rankings, surpassing Australia. Babar Azam attributed this significant accomplishment to the collective contributions of the entire squad, as well as the steadfast support provided by the coaching staff. He emphasized the profound sense of satisfaction associated with achieving and holding the No. 1 ranking.