Asia Cup Cricket 2018 will be played in UAE in September
Pakistan could be playing India three times in ODI cricket when the two teams, along with a few others feature in the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup later this year.
The Asia Cup is biennial event that was last held in 2016 in Bangladesh and while it was India’s turn to host the competition this season, it will now be hosted by UAE. The Asia Cup will be played between September 13 and 28, with six teams featuring in the tournament main. Here’s how you can watch the Asia Cup 2018 live on TV or on your computer.
Five of these six teams get a direct entry into the competition – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – while there will be six other teams that will be playing in a Qualifier to win that elusive sixth spot. These six sides are Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and UAE
Pakistan will join India and this qualifier in one group of the competition while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be three teams in the other group of the competition.
All these teams will thereby play two games in the group stage of the competition and the top two sides from each group at the end of this league stage will qualify for the second round. The second round is a Super Four stage, one that will see all four teams feature against each other once.
At the end of this round, the top two teams will qualify for the final.
India enter the competition as the defending champions, in an Asia Cup tournament that was, for the first time, played in the T20 format. This particular edition will be played in the ODI format in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.
Of the previous 13 times the Asia Cup has been played, India have won the competition most number of times at six, while Sri Lanka are the second-most successful side with five titles under their belt.
Pakistan have won the competition twice, in 2000 and in 2012, beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the finals. Bangladesh have made the final twice.