Finally, the Asian Cricket Council announced the final match schedule for the Asia Cup 2018. This year’s Asia Cup is supposed to be held in India but it is not the end. Bangladesh has been posted successfully the Asia for the last few years. So there were possibility to host the tournament once again.
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However, the Asian Cup begins this year in the United Arab Emirates from September 15. A group of five Test playing teams in Asia will also play in this year along with a play-off team.
The Asian Cricket Council released a list of the Asia Cup this Tuesday (July 24th). Keeping in mind the next year’s World Cup, the format of the game has been changed. This season the format switching into one-day.
This year’s Asia Cup going to produce 14th edition of the tournament. Bangladesh will play in the inaugural match of the tournament. Sri Lanka will be the tigers opponent in the match on September 15 in Dubai. The final match will be played on 28th September. Another group of participants will be participating alongside Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Total Six teams going to contribute the competition which divided into two groups. Group A considering India, Pakistan and Qualifier 1. On the other side will now be divided into two groups.
Group A has India, Pakistan and Playoff Qualifiers. And Group ‘B’ consisting Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
- Qualifier 1
- Sri Lanka
Asia Cup 2018 Schedule:
|15 September||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Dubai|
|16 September||Pakistan vs Qualifier 1||Dubai|
|17 September||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||Abu Dhabi|
|18 September,||India vs Qualifier 1||Dubai|
|19 September||India vs Pakistan||Dubai|
|20 September||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Abu Dhabi|
|21 September||Group A Winners vs Group B Runners-up||Dubai|
|21 September||Group B Winners vs Group A Runners-up||Abu Dhabi|
|23 September||Group B Runners-up vs Group A Runners-up||Dubai|
|23 September||Group A Winners vs Group B Winners||Abu Dhabi|
|25 September||Group A Winners vs Group A Runners-up||Dubai|
|26 September||Group B Winners vs Group B Runners-up||Abu Dhabi|
|28 September||ASIA Cup 2018 FINAL MATCH||Dubai|
A possible list of the tournament was also published after the complaint of Pakistan Cricket Board the venue removed to United Arab Emirates after being removed from India. It is known that the initial stage will be divided into two groups in the six-team tournament by the President of the Asian Cricket Council. Bangladesh has been in comparative difficult groups.
Two full members of Bangladeshi partner in B group, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. A group of associates who crossed the qualifier to join this group in India, Pakistan is one country. Possible two venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But the time of the game was not announced yet.
Bangladesh will play against Sri Lanka on the first day of the 18th of September. On the same day, in the second match, Pakistan’s opponents were picked.
After playing against each other in the group stage, the best four teams from two groups will be out in Super Fare. Super fighters will fight with each other. The best two teams will play in the final.
Five Asian Test team is taking part in this tournament. Choosing the best among the co-operative countries of the continent will join the main event. The United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman will play. A team of the group will play in Group ‘A’.
A long list of TV channel will cover the full tournament all over the season. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka all countries sports channel will cover the event on their own network. Star Sports will cover the matches in India and subcontinent like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives and also in Bhutan.
Fox sports will cover the matches in Australia. Middle east countries will cast the event on OSN sports. Here the full list of ACC 2018 tournament.
|Star Sports||India & Subcontinent|
|Sky Sports Cricket||United Kingdom|
|Astro Cricket HD||Malaysia|
|ATN Cricket Plus||Canada|
|OSN Sports Cricket HD||Middle East and North Africa|
All team squad:
To be considered the event imergengence of the tournament, participant team announced their possible team squad. They included the strong and healthy guys for the event. Their target is to achieve the tournament anyhow. As the ODI Cricket World Cup not so far, the game will help to improve their performance. Here we described the
India Squad for Asia Cup: Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh
Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Talha, Abdur Rehman, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan
Angelo Mathews(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan, Sachithra Senanayake, Chaturanga de Silva, Dhammika Prasad, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal
Mushfiqur Rahim(c), Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Ziaur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah
Mohammad Nabi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Nawroz Mangal
The full episode will cover two stadium of UAE, One is Dubai International Stadium and the other The Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Here the detail of both venue in below.
- Stadium: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Address: Dubai Sports City, Dubai
The Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium simply known as Dubai International Stadium. Actually it’s a multi-purpose stadium which situated in Dubai. Though the venue used for many other events but mostly using for cricket. The venue consisting 25,000 capacity. It is amazing stadium with a world class supervision in Dubai Sports City.
- Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Address: Near Khalifa City A – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirate
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium is another venue of the tournament which holding 5 matches in its ground. The ground opened in 2004 which cost $23 million. Total 8 matches of the tournament will be played here. It is very pleasure for the stadium authority and also the local fans.
The capacity of the venue is 20,000 so far and it is one of three most biggest stadium so far.]
Past winning records:
India lead the championship by winning the title for six times. Even the inaugural tournament also grabbed by India in 1984. The first runner up was Sri Lanka. Last season the trophy also snatched by India and the runner up was Bangladesh. However, Sri Lanka become the second most successful team of the competition who bagged the trophy for five times. Pakistan won the title for two times. The most runner up team is also Sri Lanka. Here the full detail of the tournament full achievement.
|1984 (ODI)||UAE||India||Sri Lanka|
|1986 (ODI)||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Pakistan|
|1988 (ODI)||Bangladesh||India||Sri Lanka|
|1990-91 (ODI)||India||India||Sri Lanka|
|1995 (ODI)||UAE||India||Sri Lanka|
|1997 (ODI)||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||India|
|2000 (ODI)||Bangladesh||Pakistan||Sri Lanka|
|2004 (ODI)||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||India|
|2008 (ODI)||UAE||Sri Lanka||India|
|2010 (ODI)||Sri Lanka||India||Sri Lanka|
|2014 (ODI)||Bangladesh||Sri Lanka||Pakistan|
The first 12 Asia Cup was played in one-day format. The 13th edition was played in T20 format due to front of the T20 World Cup. After one season the tournament is going back and once in the ODI format. However, with this edition the game get back their old format so far.
This season India Being the most favorite to win the Asia Cup title for seventh time. The team India holding a a very healthy squad so far. With the captain Kohli the team get a new era of cricket with new direction. Dhoni proved a successful Captain and this time it for Virat. And he have to achieved the great tile this season which give his positive outlook to his career image.
Sri Lanka also very confident to win the trophy. They consisting also strong squad and they ready to face any situation for the team. One more team who are special for the torment they are Bangladesh.
Last season they embarked as the runner up of the title. This season they have they chance to take the title. The team slowly improved themselves and now they are quite strong team as well as the other asian team.
As the Women team won the title thy have possibility to win the title this season.