The 14th edition of the Asian giants, ‘The Asia Cup’ is scheduled to commence from 15th September and the inaugural match of this edition will see the Bangladesh Tigers going against the Sri Lankan Lions in Dubai.
The tournament will be in a round-robin format and six Asian teams will take part in the 13-day competition. Apart from the five-Test nations, namely India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Hong Kong have also made their way into the competition after winning the Asia Cup qualifiers held in Malaysia where they tamed the United Arab Emirates in the finals by 2 wickets.
The reigning champions India will start their title defence on 18th September against the qualifiers Hong Kong and will collide against their arch-rivals Pakistan on the next day i.e. 19th September.
Here is the proposed Schedule
- Sri Lanka
15 September: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
16 September: Pakistan vs Hong Kong (Dubai)
17 September: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
18 September: India vs Hong Kong (Dubai)
19 September: India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
20 September: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
21 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
21 September: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 September: Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
23 September: Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 September: Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
28 September: Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)
Timings: All matches will start from 17:00 hrs according to Indian Standard Time (IST)
Here are the Squads
India squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(wk), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.
Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed(c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imam Ul Haq, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Nawaz
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Sharafudin Ashraf, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar(wk), Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Wafadar, Aftab Alam, Sayed Ahmad Sherzad
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Nazmul Islam, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath(c), Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Aizaz Khan, Tanveer Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed