Asia Cup Schedule 2018 Released – Matches in UAE
Bangladesh will kick-start the main round of the 2018 Asia Cup with a game against Sri Lanka on September 15 but the qualifying round to decide the sixth team in the main draw will be played earlier. Afghanistan is the third side in the group.
Pakistan play the qualifier on September 16 while India will kick-start their campaign with a match against the qualifier on September before they face off against Pakistan on September 19.
The top two teams in each group will then qualify for the Super Four stage where each team will play three games each, including one against the team qualifying from their own group. There will be two matches on September 21 and September 23 apiece, and one on September 25 and 26. The top two teams from this Super Four stage of the tournament will qualify for the final that will be held on September 28.
The Asia Cup will be held in UAE with matches distributed between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The final will be played in Dubai.
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 15 and 28, with six teams featuring in the tournament.
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. Here’s how you can watch the Asia Cup 2018 live on TV or on your computer.
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 and Pakistan will be joined by a Qualifier in their group, while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be in the other group. Get all the latest Asia Cup predictions & tips here.
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. Asia Cup schedule 2018 is placed below.
Asia Cup 2018 Schedule
|No||Asia Cup 2018 Fixtures||Date||Venue|
|1||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||15-Sep||Dubai|
|2||Pakistan vs Qualifier||16-Sep||Dubai|
|3||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka||17-Sep||Abu Dhabi|
|4||India vs Qualifier||18-Sep||Dubai|
|5||India vs Pakistan||19-Sep||Dubai|
|6||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||20-Sep||Abu Dhabi|
|SUPER FOUR ROUND|
|7||Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up||21-Sep||Dubai|
|8||Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up||22-Sep||Abu Dhabi|
|9||Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up||23-Sep||Dubai|
|10||Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up||24-Sep||Abu Dhabi|
|11||Group A Winner vs Group B Winner||25-Sep||Dubai|
|12||Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up||26-Sep||Abu Dhabi|
|13||Asia Cup 2018 Final||28-Sep||Dubai|
2018 Asia Cup Qualifier Schedule
|Date||Asia Cup 2018 Qualifier Fixtures||Venue|
|Wed 29-Aug||Malaysia vs Hong Kong||Kinrara Oval|
|Nepal vs Oman||Bayuemas Oval|
|UAE vs Singapore||UKM Oval|
|Thu 30-Aug||UAE vs Nepal||Kinrara Oval|
|Hong Kong vs Singapore||Bayuemas Oval|
|Malaysia vs Oman||UKM Oval|
|Fri 31-Aug||Rest Day|
|Sat 1-Sep||Oman vs Singapore||Kinrara Oval|
|Malaysia vs Nepal||Bayuemas Oval|
|UAE vs Hong Kong||UKM Oval|
|Sun 2-Sep||Hong Kong vs Oman||Kinrara Oval|
|Malaysia vs UAE||Bayuemas Oval|
|Nepal vs Singapore||UKM Oval|
|Mon 3-Sep||Rest Day|
|Tue 4-Sep||Malaysia vs Singapore||Kinrara Oval|
|UAE vs Oman||Bayuemas Oval|
|Nepal vs Hong Kong||UKM Oval|
|Wed 5-Sep||Rest Day|
|Thu 6-Sep||FINAL: 1st vs 2nd Place Team||Kinrara Oval|