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Asia Cup opening ceremony: Aima Baig, Nepalese singer set stage on fire

The thrilling battle to crown the Asian cricket champion has commenced today with the commencement of the continent’s much-awaited tournament. The opening match of the Asia Cup 2023, featuring Pakistan and Nepal, was preceded by a scintillating performance by renowned singers Aima Baig and Trishala Gurung. The captivating spectacle unfolded at the Multan Cricket Stadium, where a surge of spectators is anticipated to grace the occasion.

The honor of hosting the inaugural match of the Asia Cup 2023 was bestowed upon the City of Saints. Enthusiastic fans are expected to fill the stadium to the brim, creating an electric atmosphere for the tournament’s commencement.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) enthusiastically announced, “Experience live fireworks and mesmerizing performances by Aima Baig and Nepal’s own Trishala Gurung, followed by the gripping opening clash between Pakistan and Nepal.” This announcement resonated across various platforms, including the former Twitter platform, X.

Aima Baig, recognized for her previous renditions of Pakistan Super League (PSL) anthems, shared the stage with Trishala Gurung, who was introduced to Pakistani audiences through this grand event. The Asia Cup 2023, scheduled between August 30 and September 17, is jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Notably, while the majority of the matches are to be held in Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to send their team to Pakistan due to security concerns. Pakistan finds itself in Group A, joined by Nepal and India, while Group B consists of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.

While Pakistan hosts four matches, Sri Lanka will stage nine matches, culminating in the final. Deviating from the usual alternation between T20 and ODI formats since 2016, the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup adopts the 50-over format. This strategic shift is aimed at aiding participating teams in preparing for the forthcoming World Cup scheduled to be held in India later this year.

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As the defending champions of the 50-over Asia Cup, India’s absence in this edition adds a layer of anticipation to the proceedings. The last edition of the tournament took place in 2018. The stage is now set, and cricket enthusiasts worldwide are poised for a riveting display of skill, camaraderie, and sportsmanship in this edition of the Asia Cup.

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