The 16th edition of the popular international cricket competition Asia Cup 2023 is commencing on Wednesday, August 30th and it has Nepali fans making all sorts of buzz for the game. Nepal is in the contest in the inaugural match against Pakistan, one of the hosts of the tournament with the other being Sri Lanka. Besides the obvious results, you may also be curious about where can you watch the Asia Cup 2030 live. Well, here we have covered all the possible platforms or channels including Nepali time for you to catch the action live.
It’s the first time that Nepal is playing in this tournament. Although selected in 2005, the dream participation was spoiled due to the Kargil War. But now, the country will embark on the ambitious cricketing competition with the roaring support back home.
Asia Cup Facts
First, let’s begin with some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Asia Cup 2023.
Asia Cup 2023 is a cricket tournament which started in 1984. While characteristically an ODI-based (One Day Internationals) competition (50-over cricket), it alternated with T20s (20-over cricket) in recent years.
Like the majority of the editions, this year’s Asia Cup will be played in the conventional ODI (50-over cricket) format. The 2023 edition will be played in ODI format.
So far, 15 different editions of the contest have been played out. India has won the title 7 times with 1 being T20 format.
Six Nations are playing in Asia Cup 2023: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Asia Cup 2023 will be held in a hybrid model in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Asia Cup 2023 match begins on August 30, 2023, with Nepal playing for the first time against Pakistan.
You can watch the Nepal vs. Pakistan Asia Cup Cricket match on Star Sports Network TV or the Disney+ Hotstor OTT app.
Asia Cup 2023 teams
There will be 6 teams vying for the tournament winner Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the co-hosts. Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and Afghanistan are the other challengers. Likewise, there will be a total of 13 matches. Pakistan will host 4 fixtures while Sri Lanka will organize 9 matches including the final.
The teams are in groups. Pakistan, Nepal, and India are in Group A while Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are in Group B.
|Group A||Group B|
The first stage of the tournament, the “group stage” will start on 30 August and conclude on 5 September. Similarly, the Super Four stage will take place from September 6 to 1. In this stage, five encounters will be played out in Sri Lanka and one in Pakistan.
Nepali squad for the tournament
Nepali authority has announced the names of the players who will lead the country in the historic Asia Cup Cricket match.
Players: Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratish GC, Mousom Dhakal, Sundeep Jora, Kishore Mahato, and Arjun Saud have been selected for Nepal’s maiden Asia Cup 2023 contest.
Asia Cup 2023 Fixtures
Find out Asia Cup 2023 fixtures (schedules in Nepali standard time NST) below along with the venues.
|SN||DATE||GROUP STAGE||VENUE||Time (NST)|
|1||30 AUG||PAKISTAN v NEPAL||MULTAN, PAK||3:15 PM|
|2||31 AUG||BANGLADESH v SRI LANKA||KANDY, SL||3:45 PM|
|3||2 SEP||PAKISTAN v INDIA||KANDY, SL||3:45 PM|
|4||3 SEP||BANGLADESH v AFGHANISTAN||LAHORE, PAK||3:15 PM|
|5||4 SEP||INDIA v NEPAL||KANDY, SL||3:45 PM|
|6||5 SEP||AFGHANISTAN v SRI LANKA||LAHORE, PAK||3:15 PM|
|7||6 SEP||A1 v B2||LAHORE, PAK||3:15 PM|
|8||9 SEP||B1 v B2||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
|9||10 SEP||A1 v A2||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
|10||12 SEP||A2 v B1||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
|11||14 SEP||A1 v B1||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
|12||15 SEP||A2 v B2||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
|13||17 SEP||FINAL||COLOMBO, SL||3:45 PM|
How to watch Asia Cup 2023 live in Nepal?
You can watch the Asia Cup 2023 live in Nepal on TV, apps, and websites. Some of them are official, while others are online secondary options. Below is more in detail:
- Star Sports Network: For viewers in Nepal and India, Start Sports Network will broadcast the Asia Cup 2023 live. You can catch the live action on Start Sports 1 Hindi and English and on the HD channel. The Indian broadcaster has the exclusive right to air the competition in Nepal.
- ISPs to screen Nepali matches: Nepal’s two ISPs WorldLink and Dish Home screened the inaugural Nepal/Pak match at various cinemas, restaurants, and malls across Nepal. While they were not broadcasting the match themselves, the public was able to enjoy the match with hundreds in the open thanks to the screening. If you are out in the open and want to enjoy the matches, these two ISPs will most likely cover more matches, particularly the ones Nepal plays in. Find out details: WorldLink and Dish Home screen Asia Cup 2023 cricket live for free
- Disney+ Hotstar app: The tournament will also air on Disney+ Hotstar but the OTT app won’t be available in Nepal. Likewise, no major OTT apps in Nepal seem to have announced to broadcast the matches in the country.
- Updates on Hamro Patro: Super app Hamro Patro has announced that it will bring live coverage of the Asia Cup 2023 for users. We believe that by coverage, the company meant scorecards/updates instead of the audio/visual content. When we have more on it, we will update it here too. In other news, the mega-popular Hamro Patro app has landed in India. Read more here: Hamro Patro registered in India
- Cricinfo: The popular ICC-run cricket website Cricinfo.com will be another helpful online source to catch up with all the scores and updates. There is no streaming facility however, the website does bring the latest information for all the matches.
- CAN: CAN will air pre-match and post-match shows on its YouTube channel. The program will discuss and analyze the games before and after the matches. So, if you frequently visit YouTube, then you can check out the CAN YouTube channel to get the match updates and analysis by experts.
- Websites: The tournament will be available through websites for streaming. However, they may contain adware and malware and your experience of watching the match live may become forgettable. Much of the time, the video on such portals faces disruption and frequent stoppage. You may also need to be careful against importing viruses onto your computer through dubious links or automatic app downloads. In sum, it almost becomes preferable to get the live score updates than having to fret with buffering on streaming. But we are not denying any luck here. Do read: How to watch Nepali TV channels live online?
NetTV No show
Earlier, there were suggestions that WorldLink’s IPTV service NetTV could broadcast Asia Cup 2023 matches live. But the possibility has now faded with the highly-anticipated Nepal vs. Pakistan match already played out without being on its platforms. In addition, it’s also a certainty now that no OTT apps in Nepal will bring these matches live in Nepal. That leaves Nepali viewers with Star Network’s channels on television.
When will the Asia Cup 2023 Match Nepal vs. Pakistan start and where?
In the first match, Rohit Pudel-led Nepal and Pakistan will bat it out at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Punjab starting at 3:15 PM Nepali time. The final of the tournament is on September 17 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Cricket matches involving Nepal has created record internet traffic as many would browse the internet for live score updates and stream. The Nepal-USA ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 rocketed Nepal’s internet traffic to 81.46 Gbps. It won’t be a surprise if we witness a similar trend this time around as well.
For more on how to watch the Asia Cup 2023 on your TVs or smartphone, do leave your query in the comments below.
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