The opening day of the much-anticipated 50-over Asia Cup 2023 has unveiled a surprising jersey design choice. All participating teams, set to compete in the tournament starting today, have omitted the name of the host country, Pakistan, from their jerseys.
Yesterday marked the unveiling of the teams’ new kits for the tournament, and observant cricket fans were quick to notice the absence of Pakistan’s name beneath the iconic Asia Cup logo.
This omission has triggered discussions among fans, particularly due to the fact that last year’s tournament saw Sri Lanka’s name featured prominently on the jerseys, even though the event took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The present situation differs significantly. Originally selected as the host nation for Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan faced a hurdle when India declined to play matches on Pakistani soil. Subsequently, diplomatic negotiations ensued, leading to a unique co-hosting arrangement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This cooperative effort showcases the cricketing world’s adaptability and the sport’s ability to foster unity in intricate circumstances.
It’s crucial to clarify that despite the majority of matches occurring in Sri Lanka, Pakistan retains its official hosting status. Notably, four matches are scheduled to be held in Pakistan, while the remainder, including the grand finale, will take place in Sri Lanka between August 30 and September 17.
The inaugural match kicks off today at the Multan Cricket Stadium, with Pakistan facing Nepal at 2:30 pm PST.”