final tournament is under way and is set to begin from February 24 until March 6. It must be remembered that this is the very first time that the Asia Cup tournament — usually a 50-over competition — will be played in Twenty20 format. The change is obviously due to the tournament, which will be hosted for India for the very first time. Bangladesh will be hosting this tournament once again, and there will be 11 matches in the main tournament. As many as four teams — Afghanistan, UAE, Oman and Hong Kong — will be taking part in the qualifying round of the Asia Cup 2016. But only one of them will advance to the main round, which begins on February 24. READ:
If there are two teams tied with the same points at the end of the qualifying round, then their Net Run Rate (NRR) will be taken into account. The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur will be hosting all 11 matches of the main round of Asia Cup 2016. India will take on Bangladesh in the first match on Wednesday February 24. While Hong Kong, Oman, UAE and Oman are battling it out, the deciding matches on Tuesday will give clear idea on who will go to through for the main tournament.
The hyped up match is of India and Pakistan finally coming together for T20I tournament with gazing eyes on which team will win. As India and Pakistan played late last year. Sri Lanka were the defending champions in Asia Cup 2014. This year the eyes are set on India after their dramatic win against Australia and Sri Lanka T20I series.
|Wednesday, Feb 24||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||India vs Bangladesh||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Thursday, Feb 25||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Sri Lanka vs TBA||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Friday, Feb 26||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Bangladesh vs TBA||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Saturday, Feb 27||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||India vs Pakistan||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Sunday, Feb 28||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Monday, Feb 29||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Pakistan vs TBA||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Tuesday, Mar 01||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||India vs Sri Lanka||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Wednesday, Mar 02||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Bangladesh vs Pakistan||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Thursday, Mar 03||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||India vs TBA||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Friday, Mar 04||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
|Saturday, Mar 06||19:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 Local||TBA vs TBA, Final||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka|
Besides providing real match practice to the players, it will be instrumental in giving the teams a fair idea of their strengths and weaknesses and what changes, if any, they need to make going into the big event.
It is for this reason only, the Asia Cup will be played in the T20 format for the first time in the history of the tournament.
This year’s Asia Cup will be the 13th edition of the series that takes place once in two years, and will feature India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, in addition to one qualifying country from among Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman, and United Arab Emirates. The qualifiers will be played out before the tournament commences on February 24.
Bangladesh will be the host to all competing nations in the 2016 Asia Cup, with all matches set to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. The tournament opens with Bangladesh taking on India.
The final of the Asia Cup will be played on March 6.
A new rotation policy keeping the World T20 in mind has brought changes to the format in which the Asia Cup is to be conducted. According to the policy, the 2016 and the 2020 editions of the Asia Cup will be played in the Twenty20 format, while the 2018 and the 2022 editions will feature ODI matches.
This year’s Asia Cup will be the 13th edition of the series that takes place once in two years. According to a new rotation policy, the 2016 and the 2020 editions of the Asia Cup will be played in the T20I format, while the 2018 and the 2022 editions will be One-Day International (ODI) matches.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami, Iftikhar Ahmed.
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