Pakistan to Host West Asia Baseball Cup 2024

West Asia Baseball Cup 2024

LAHORE: Pakistan is set to host the West Asia Baseball Cup later this year. The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) confirmed the hosting rights during a meeting in Taipei, China, on May 16.

Fakhar Ali Shah, President of the Pakistan Federation Baseball, stated, “Hosting the event is a testament to the BFA’s full confidence in Pakistan.”

The confirmed participating teams include India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and last year’s runners-up, Palestine. This will be Palestine’s second appearance in the tournament.

The event is likely to be scheduled for October, with potential venues in Lahore or Islamabad. Final dates and venues will be decided in consultation with the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and Punjab Sports Board (PSB).

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Pakistan also hosted the 2023 edition at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad. Pakistan, the defending champions, won the 2023 title by defeating Palestine in the final, securing their 6th West Asia Baseball Cup title. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh secured third and fourth positions, respectively.

The West Asia Baseball Cup (WABC) began in 1995 and has been held regularly except for 2021, when the event in Iran was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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