Asia Cup 2023: India vs Pakistan & All Super 4 Matches To Be Relocated To Hambantota Amidst Rain Threat At Pallekele & Colombo
Without a doubt, the Asia Cup 2023 has been an incredible journey, full of unexpected turns and twists both on and off the pitch. One of the most important stages of the competition, the Super 4 stage, is quickly approaching.
Unexpectedly, Dainik Jagaran reports that the Super 4 matches would now be held in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, due to worries over the unpredictability of the monsoon season in Pallekele and Colombo.
At first, Pakistan was supposed to be the only country hosting the Asia Cup. Nonetheless, the event adopted a hybrid model, with matches taking place in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as a result of India's refusal to play matches across the Line of Control (LOC).
Because of its central location, Sri Lanka Cricket had originally suggested Dambulla as the second venue. However, the unwillingness of teams and broadcasters to travel to Dambulla led to the choice of Pallekele and Colombo as substitute locations.
Unfortunately, Pallekele and Colombo have experienced frequent and intense rains due to Sri Lanka's monsoon season. The recent match between India and Pakistan in Pallekele washed out due to heavy rain. To make things more complicated, the weather prognosis for Colombo is still bleak as the Super 4 stage draws near.
The Rainy Predicament in Colombo
Initially, the ACC had hoped that the Super 4 matches would take place in Colombo, with September 9 being the date of the opening match.
That being said, there is much historical evidence of rainy September weather in Colombo. If the ACC continues to host matches in the nation's capital, it will suddenly be at the mercy of the rain gods.
The Rise of Hambantota as the Messiah
In the middle of the unclear location, Hambantota shows promise. Recognised for its relatively steady weather at this time of year, Hambantota is expected to offer a favourable setting for the Super 4 games. Its state-of-the-art cricket infrastructure and dedication to holding premier cricket events make Hambantota an excellent venue for the tournament's decisive stage.
The Critical Call of the ACC
The ACC must make a critical decision in the next 24 to 48 hours with only two games left in Pakistan before the Super 4 stage. Pallekele is still an option, although there is still a chance that it will rain at some point.
When making this crucial choice, the ACC will have to take the long-term weather forecast, logistical difficulties, and tournament integrity into account.