1. Before the Asia Cup match between Pakistan and India, Babar Azam says, “We have been traveling a lot.”
National team has thus far competed in one match in Sri Lanka and two in Pakistan.
Babar Azam, captain of Pakistan’s national team, stated on Saturday that the team wasn’t frustrated by the weather but that they had been traveling a lot for the Asia Cup 2023 competition. The match between Pakistan and India is expected to be intense.
“We are on the road all the time. Although you don’t feel much while you’re playing, it’s crucial to look after the players, the captain stated at a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
So far during the competition, the national team has played one game in Sri Lanka and two in Pakistan.
The team had been traveling Sri Lanka before the tournament began on August 30 to play a series against Afghanistan. They then returned to Pakistan around the end of August to play Nepal in the tournament’s first game in Multan. The team then took a plane to Sri Lanka to play India on September 2 before flying back to Lahore on September 6 to play Bangladesh. The match versus India will be played tomorrow (Sunday), therefore they are back in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Babar expressed optimism that tomorrow’s weather in Colombo would remain clear for the summit.
It appears that it won’t rain tomorrow, according to the way the sun is shining, he added, adding that the team was in charge of training and they were carrying it out.
He added that the team might play at a competitive advantage in Colombo.
“Our bowling start has been strong, and middlemen are working hard to contribute. Iftikhar Ahmed’s bowling was praised by Babar. “We need wickets in the middle overs, but we are finishing well,” Babar stated.
He claimed that because they were experimenting with different lineups, fast-bowler Faheem Ashraf was utilized during the game.
“We have a lot of possibilities, and the players we chose are the best. The issue of selection does not affect us.
The captain stated, “We know who we are going to get to play.”
The team, according to him, was committed to remaining as a unit and winning games and championships.
“For the World Cup, we are looking at the Asia Cup to see what else can be improved,” he said, noting that the roster was nearly decided.
The captain remarked, “Whoever gets selected will be the best. Everything [we] do [is] for the good of the squad, not [to] inflict] heartbreak for the players.
He continued by naming the quick bowlers the “best” and expressing his pride in them.
Fast bowlers, in my opinion, prevail in games and competitions, Babar remarked, adding that the key to their success is that they have faith in one another and in their own abilities.
remaining Super 4 games for the 2023 Asia Cup
Sri Lanka plays Bangladesh on September 9 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) in Colombo.
2:30 p.m. (PST) on September 10—Pakistan vs. India in Colombo
Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. (PST), Colombo hosts India and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan will play Sri Lanka on September 14 at 2:30 pm (PST) in Colombo.
2:30 p.m. (PST) on September 15—India vs. Bangladesh in Colombo
Final 2023 Asia Cup
Finale on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) in Colombo
2. India vs. Pakistan is the only match in the Asia Cup to use a reserve day.
On Sunday, there is a threat of rain with a 90% chance of precipitation.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided to designate a reserve day for the highly-anticipated match between Pakistan and India on September 10; this high-stakes match will be the only one in the Asia Cup to have a reserve day, which is welcome news for cricket fans.
The match between Pakistan and India in the Asia Cup Super 4 is set for September 10, 2023, at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday.
In light of the current weather in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the remaining matches of the Asia Cup 2023 are scheduled to take place, the PCB had repeatedly voiced its concerns and asked that a reserve day be created for the high-stakes match between the arch-rivals.
Since the previous encounter between the two teams was postponed on September 2, they expressed concern about the weather prediction and the rescheduled event.
The upcoming game on Sunday is also threatened by a weather threat, with a 90% likelihood of precipitation.
The ACC decided on the reserve day after considering the PCB’s misgivings and objections. The following day (September 11) has been designated as the reserve day for the matchup between Babar Azam’s and Rohit Shrama’s teams on September 10.
The match will continue on September 11 if it is not finished on September 10. The game will pick up where it left off.
The statement said, “If inclement weather suspends play during the Pakistan vs. India game, the match will resume on September 11, 2023, from the point at which it was suspended.
“Ticket holders are advised to retain their match tickets in such a case, as they will remain valid and be used for the reserve day,” it continued.
However, it should be mentioned that India would have to play back-to-back games if the game moves to the reserve day because it has a match against Sri Lanka on September 12.