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Asia Cup 2023: Colombo to remain venue for Super 4 stage as Asian Cricket Council shelves Hambantota plan

The Asia Cup's Super 4 stages will follow the original schedule, with all of the games taking place in Colombo. The Asian Cricket Council, according to The Indian Express, voted against moving the matches to Hambantota because it anticipates the weather to improve throughout the weekend and beyond.

Concerns over the matches taking place in Colombo, which has been receiving a lot of rain, have existed ever before India's Group B match against Pakistan was canceled last Saturday in Pallekele. The Pakistan Cricket Board agreed to the Sri Lanka Cricket's suggestion to move the tournament to Hambantota. However, because India has continued to express reluctance to travel to Hambantota, the final match of the Super 4 stage and the other five matches will take place in Colombo as scheduled.

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Additionally, moving games to Hambantota would have been logistically impossible because there are no hotels adjacent to the stadium in the city in the southeast of Sri Lanka. Additionally, it was always going to be difficult to find accommodations for four teams, match officials, commentators, and the broadcast crew at short notice. And it is understood that the ACC chose to hold the competition in Colombo itself after weighing all of these options.


According to insider sources, Hambantota receives rainfall as opposed to Dambulla, which is a dry region, and under the circumstances, the capital city with all of its amenities was thought to be a safe alternative.