The Asia Cup 2023 marked its grand return to Pakistan on 30th August 2023, ending a 15-year hiatus from the nation’s cricketing landscape. To kick off the tournament, the opening match unfolded at the Multan Cricket Stadium, featuring the host nation Pakistan taking on the debutant Nepal. Pakistan approached the competition with a swell of confidence, having recently clinched a commanding 3-0 series victory against Afghanistan.

In stark contrast, Nepal stepped onto the international stage for the first time in this tournament, having secured qualification by topping Group A in the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup. Their journey to the Asia Cup was sealed with victories over Kuwait in the semi-finals and UAE in the final showdown.

Aima Baig and Trishala Gurung set the opening ceremony ablaze

Ahead of the tournament’s inaugural game, an enchanting opening ceremony unfolded in Multan, marking the commencement of this prestigious event. The ceremony was a spectacle to behold, featuring captivating performances by renowned artists. Among the performers was the vibrant Pakistani singer, Aima Baig, and the exceptionally talented Nepali vocalist, Trishala Gurung.  Baig’s spirited and energetic performance ignited the stadium with excitement, delighting the gathered spectators. On the other hand, Gurung, adorned in splendid traditional attire, elevated the spectacle to greater heights with her mesmerizing presentation, casting a spell on the audience.

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Baig and Gurung: Self-made icons

It’s worth noting that Gurung is a graduate of Nepal Medical College, where she pursued her medical studies. However, she has gained recognition not only as a medical professional but also as a soulful singer endowed with an extraordinary voice. Trishala possesses a unique ability to captivate her audience with soul-stirring renditions of her favorite songs, which she graciously shares on her Instagram profile. Through her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication, she has earned the reputation of a promising singer, amassing a devoted fan following of over 241,000 on Instagram.

Baig, on the other hand, is a sensation in the Pakistani entertainment industry. She catapulted to fame through her melodious contributions to the romantic Pakistani movie “Lahore Se Aagey.” Baig stands as one of the most beloved and popular singers in Pakistan’s entertainment landscape. Her melodious voice has graced the anthems of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), further solidifying her status as a prominent musical figure. With around 5.5 million followers on Instagram, she enjoys a massive and dedicated fan base that adores her musical prowess.

Speaking of the game, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bat in the opening match of Asia Cup 2023 against Nepal.

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