UPDATE: Asia Cup 2016 final tournament begins today as Bangladesh faces India in the opener. The Asia Cup is a contest for supremacy of the region and a final practice for the World T20 2016.
In the first match today, the host Bangladesh will be taking on India at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium which is the venue for all the matches; the defending champions Sri Lanka will be facing the UAE.
It is to be remembered that the usual 50 over tournament will now be played in Twenty20 format. The change is mainly owed to the ICC World T20 2016 tournament, that will be hosted by India for the first time. Asia Cup will be hosted by Bangladesh once again; there will be 11 matches in the main tournament.
If two teams have the same points at the end of a qualifying round, their Net Run Rate (NRR) will be considered. The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur will be hosting the matches of Asia Cup 2016 main round.
Pakistan and India are all set to lock horns in two T20I high profile matches from February to April 2016. It is anticipated there might me more matches if both the teams qualify for the Asia Cup final.
The Asia Cup is being played for the first time in a T20 format, this year. India and Pakistan will meet on February 27th in Dhaka, as per the schedule.
The 13th Asia Cup will feature Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and one country between Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and United Arab Emirates. The qualifying levels of the tournament will precede the actual tournament, starting on February 24th.
As per the new rotation policy, the 2016 and 2020 Asia Cup will be played in the T20I format, and the 2018 and 2022 matches will be played in an ODI format.
The matches will be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The Asia Cup will be ending on March 6th, some days before the World T20 in India. India and Pakistan are in Group 2 and are to meet on March 19th at Dharamshala.
Matches at Asia Cup T20 2016:
All the matches will start at 7 PM International Standard Time (IST)
- 24th Feb: Ind vs Ban
- 25th Feb: SL vs Q
- 26th Feb: Ban vs Q
- 27th Feb: Ind vs Pak
- 28th Feb: Ban vs SL
- 29th Feb: Pak vs Q
- 1st March: Ind vs SL
- 2nd March: Ban vs Pak
- 3rd March: Ind vs Q
- 4th March: Pak vs SL
- 5th March: Final
Team squads of the participating teams
India: MS Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Immad Wasim, Anwer Ali, Babar Azam, M Nawaz, M Aamir, Iftikhar Ahmed, M Irfan, Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Khurram Manzoor.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan
Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai
Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (Captain), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan
Oman: Sultan Ahmed (Captain & wicketkeeper), Aamir Kaleem (vice-captain), Aaqib Sulehri, Adnan Ilyas, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Jatinder Singh, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Zeeshan Maqsood, Zeeshan Siddiqui.
UAE: Amjad Javed (Captain), Mohammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Swapnil Patil (VC), Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Zaheer Maqsood, Mohammad Naveed, Farhan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Usman, Fahad Tariq, Saqlain Haider
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