As the battle for Asian champion kicks off today with the first match of the continental tournament between Pakistan and Nepal, a duo of renowned singers Aima Baig and Trishala Gurung will perform at the opening ceremony at the Multan Cricket Stadium.
The City of Saints is all set to host the first match of the Asia Cup 2023 as a large number of spectators are expected to fill the stadium.
“Enjoy live fireworks and performances by Aima Baig and Nepal’s Trishala Gurung, followed by the opening match between Pakistan and Nepal,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.
Aima Baig has earlier sung the Pakistan Super League (PSL) anthems while Trishala Gurung is new to the Pakistani audiences.
The 2023 edition of the multi-nation tournament is being held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka between August 30 and September 17.
All the matches of the Asia Cup will not be played in Pakistan because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to send their team to Pakistan due to security concerns.
Pakistan are in Group A alongside Nepal and India. Meanwhile, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are in Group B.
Four matches will be played in Pakistan, while nine, including the final, will be played in Sri Lanka.
The T20 and ODI formats have alternated at the Asia Cup since 2016. The 2023 edition will be played in the 50-over format in order to help the teams prepare for the World Cup in India later this year.
India are the defending champions of the 50-over Asia Cup, which was last held in 2018.