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Asia Cup 2023 Venues

For the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been chosen as joint-hosts after the Asian Cricket Council proposed a hybrid model. All 13 matches of the tournament will take place across four venues – 2 in Pakistan and 2 in Sri Lanka. The Multan Cricket Stadium and the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore have been picked as venues in Pakistan, while the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy and the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will stage the matches in Sri Lanka. All 4 stadiums have historical significance, although Multan unfortunately will host only one game – the series opener between Pakistan and Nepal. Three matches will be played in Lahore – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan and A1 vs B2 game in the Super Fours. Similarly, Pallekele too will host three games and starting the Super Fours, the action in Sri Lanka will move to Colombo, where 6 matches will be played, including the final.

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Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan

The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium is located in the historical city of Lahore. Designed by the eminent architect Nayyar Ali Dada, Gaddafi Stadium is inspired by Mughal architecture as is evident from the lovely brickwork that gives the stadium a unique look. The stadium is named after Colonel Gaddafi of Libya. Gaddafi Stadium hosted its first test match as early as in 1959, when Pakistan played against the touring Australians. It underwent renovations in order to host the 1996 World Cup final. It is the largest ground in Pakistan. In the new stadium the concrete benches are entirely replaced by plastic cover seats. The stadium holds the capacity of more than 60000 people. The 1996 Cricket World Cup was hosted by the Gaddaffi Stadium which was played between Australia and Sri Lanka. The ground was initially named the Lahore Stadium but was later on renamed to Gaddafi in 1974. The ground has been a good hunting ground for Pakistan and has some memorable milestones to its name. The Gaddafi stadium witnessed the record fifth-wicket stand of 281 between Javed Miandad and Asif Iqbal against New Zealand in 1976. Inzamam's famous triple-ton also came at this very stadium and that too against the Kiwis. But in recent times, the stadium is criticised for having sparse crowds for one-days and Test matches.

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MATCHES WON

Batting Firstbat-icon234 Won
Bowling Firstball-icon231 Won
50.75%49.25%
PACEpace-ball
69.89%

Percentage of wickets
taken by pacers

spin-ballSPIN
30.11%

Percentage of wickets
taken by spinners

Avg 1st Innings253
Avg 2nd Innings218

Team-wise Asia Cup performance at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

TeamsMatchesWonLostTieWin %
553419062
14104071
725029
642067
10100
Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Multan, Pakistan

The Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan is one of the biggest and most famous cricket grounds of Pakistan. It is yet another multi-use stadium in Pakistan. It is used for cricket as well as football. The stadium is one of the bigger grounds in Pakistan and can seat around 30,000 spectators at a time. It has good facilities for the players, and the outfield is lush green giving the ground a very picturesque look. The Multan Cricket stadium has lush green outfield and is probably the most beautifully ground in Pakistan. Flood lights were recently installed at this venue. The ground is owned by the Pakistan Cricket Boards and was opened in 2001. The ground is a replacement to the old Qasim Bagh Stadium located in the heart of Multan city. It hosted its first Test match in 2001. The Test saw Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and 264 runs. The stadium has regularly been hosting Tests after that. The stadium is also a very popular ODI venue and hosted ODIs since 2003. The first one day match played at the stadium was between Pakistan and Bangladesh, a match which Pakistan easily won.

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MATCHES WON

Batting Firstbat-icon26 Won
Bowling Firstball-icon25 Won
54.55%45.45%
PACEpace-ball
63.16%

Percentage of wickets
taken by pacers

spin-ballSPIN
36.84%

Percentage of wickets
taken by spinners

Avg 1st Innings263
Avg 2nd Innings197

Team-wise Asia Cup performance at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

TeamsMatchesWonLostTieWin %
1183073
20200
1100100
10100
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Named after former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo was built on swamplands adjacent to the Khettarama Temple. The biggest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka till date, the ‘Khettarama Stadium’, as it was referred to previously, is only one of three Sri Lankan venues to have hosted World Cup matches. In the record books for Sri Lanka’s 952 for 6 against India in a Test match – the highest total in Test match history, the Premadasa Stadium has in the recent past not been hosting Test matches, but is still considered one of the best venues in Sri Lanka.

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MATCHES WON

Batting Firstbat-icon280 Won
Bowling Firstball-icon259 Won
54.05%45.95%
PACEpace-ball
54.64%

Percentage of wickets
taken by pacers

spin-ballSPIN
45.36%

Percentage of wickets
taken by spinners

Avg 1st Innings236
Avg 2nd Innings194

Team-wise Asia Cup performance at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

TeamsMatchesWonLostTieWin %
1277841061
502620052
261410054
1311208
10100
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka

With a capacity of 35,000 the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy was established in the year 2009. One of the newest stadiums in Sri Lanka, this ground was specially built to replace the Asgiriya Stadium which hosted Test matches from 1983 to 2007.

Pallekele hosted its first Test in 2010, played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, following which ODIs were hosted from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Along with being the home ground for the Sri Lankan national side, it also hosts the Kandurata domestic team. The stadium is also one of the grounds to host matches from the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

It was at this very venue that Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal joined the likes of Kapil Dev and Imran Khan in becoming the third bowler to take a Test wicket off the first ball at a new venue.
 

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MATCHES WON

Batting Firstbat-icon216 Won
Bowling Firstball-icon221 Won
41.03%58.97%
PACEpace-ball
60.08%

Percentage of wickets
taken by pacers

spin-ballSPIN
39.92%

Percentage of wickets
taken by spinners

Avg 1st Innings257
Avg 2nd Innings205

Team-wise Asia Cup performance at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

TeamsMatchesWonLostTieWin %
351915054
623033
614017
540080
211050
10100

Asia Cup Venue FAQs

  • Which venues will India play their matches in

    India will play all their league games in Pallekele, Kandy and if they qualify for the Super 4s, the Men in Blue will move to the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

  • How many matches will each Asia Cup 2023 venue host?

    The Multan Cricket Stadium will host only 1 game, while three games will be played at Multan's Gaddafi Stadium. In Sri Lanka, 3 and 6 games will be played in Pallekele and Colombo respectively

  • Which venues in Pakistan will host Asia Cup 2023 matches?

    The Multan Cricket Stadium and Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium are the two venues in Pakistan where the Asia Cup matches will be played

  • Which venues will India play their matches in?

    India will play all their league games in Pallekele, Kandy and if they qualify for the Super 4s, the Men in Blue will move to the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo