The ongoing Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka has been significantly affected by persistent rainfall. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan had to be called off due to the adverse weather conditions. However, India did manage to secure a victory in a rain-shortened match against Nepal. In contrast, the matches in Pakistan have proceeded smoothly without any weather-related disruptions.

Regrettably, the weather forecast for Colombo has predicted heavy rain, raising concerns about the possibility of washouts affecting both the Super-Four stage games and the Continental Cup final.

There have been discussions about potentially relocating the matches to a different venue, but as of now, no concrete decisions have been reached. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi expressed his criticisms towards the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), citing what he perceived as inconsistencies in their decision-making regarding the location of the India-Pakistan match.

Sethi remarked, “BCCI/ACC informed PCB today that they had initially decided to move the upcoming India-Pakistan match from Colombo to Hambantota due to rain forecasts. However, within one hour, they reversed their decision and announced Colombo as the venue. This raises questions about their intentions. Is India reluctant to face Pakistan and risk losing? It’s essential to consider the rain forecast in this context.”

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