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Two Tournament Directors for Asia Cup, Ravin Wickramaratne to Oversee Sri Lanka

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Two Tournament Directors have been named for the forthcoming Asia Cup, as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) domestic vice president Ravin Wickramaratne is set to Oversee Sri Lanka matches, Cricket Age reliably learns.

This time the tournament is being played in a hybrid model, after Shah declared last year that India would not be travelling to Pakistan for the event. The tournament will begin with a match between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan, Pakistan, on August 30. 

Pakistan will host three group stage matches and one Super Four stage match. The rest of the tournament will be played in Sri Lanka. The final will take place in Colombo on September 17.

According to sources, SLC was adamant to have Ravin as sole Tournament Director for the event! However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), being the host of the Asia Cup, emphasized to name it’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salman Naseer as one of the tournament director. Finally, It’s been decided that while Ravin will oversee Sri Lanka matches, Salman to handle Pakistan part.

Interestingly, Initially LPL tournament director Samantha Dodenwela was considered for the post, but later he was ignored in favour of Ravin.

The 2023 edition will feature two groups, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. In the Super Four stage, all teams will play each other once. The top two sides from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final.

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