The 14th edition of the Asia Cup will be the one of its kind since it will be the first time since 1984 that the biannual tournament will be played in the Twenty20 format. To know why this change has been incorporated and what else the 17-day event has to offer, here’s a ready reckoner.
Why a T20 Asia Cup?
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided that from this edition onward, the tournament will be played in the same format as the World Cup that follows it, i.e., T20Is before the World Twenty20s and 50-over format before the ODI World Cups.
This will be the 14th edition of the tournament that was instituted in 1984 and the fifth time being played in Bangladesh. India and Sri Lanka have won the trophy for the most number of times – 5, followed by Pakistan who have won the title twice. Bangladesh are yet to lay their hands on the Asia Cup silverware.
Qualifiers: Feb 19-22 (6 matches)
Main Draw: Feb 24 to March 6 (11 matches)
The tournament is divided into two stages.
Stage 1. Qualifiers from Feb 19 to 22 featuring four ICC Associate Nations – Afghanistan, UAE, Oman and Hong Kong. Each team plays the other once in a round-robin format and the team finishing top qualifies for the Main Draw.
Stage 2. Main Draw from Feb 24 to March 6 featuring India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and one qualifier. Each team plays the other once in a round-robin format and the teams finishing No. 1 and No. 2 play the final.
All matches will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
Qualifiers: 1300 IST and 1730 IST
Main Draw: 1900 IST
February 19: Afghanistan v UAE
February 19: Hong Kong v Oman
February 20: Hong Kong v UAE
February 20: Afghanistan v Hong Kong
February 21: Afghanistan v Oman
February 22: UAE v Oman
February 24: Bangladesh vs India
February 25: Sri Lanka vs TBD
February 26: Bangladesh vs TBD
February 27: India vs Pakistan
February 28: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
February 29: Pakistan vs TBD
March 1: India vs Sri Lanka
March 2: Bangladesh vs Pakistan
March 3: India vs TBD
March 4: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
March 6: Final