Asia Cup 2016: Full match schedule, timings, squads

Asia Cup 2016 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 ICC World T20 2016 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.

DAY/DATETIMEMATCHVENUE
Wednesday, Feb 2419:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalIndia vs BangladeshShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Thursday, Feb 2519:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalSri Lanka vs TBAShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Friday, Feb 2619:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalBangladesh vs TBAShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Saturday, Feb 2719:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalIndia vs PakistanShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Sunday, Feb 2819:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalBangladesh vs Sri LankaShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Monday, Feb 2919:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalPakistan vs TBAShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Tuesday, Mar 0119:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalIndia vs Sri LankaShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Wednesday, Mar 0219:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalBangladesh vs PakistanShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Thursday, Mar 0319:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalIndia vs TBAShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Friday, Mar 0419:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalPakistan vs Sri LankaShere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Saturday, Mar 0619:00 IST, 13:00 GMT, 19:30 LocalTBA vs TBA, FinalShere 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.

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.

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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