The Asia Cup will be played between September 15 and 28, with six teams featuring in the tournament. Bangladesh will kick-start the main round of the 2018 Asia Cup with a game against Sri Lanka on September 15.
Pakistan play Hong Kong on September 16 while India will kick-start their campaign with a match against Hong Kong on September before they face off against Pakistan on September 19. The teams are divided into 2 groups. 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. The top two teams from this Super Four stage of the tournament will qualify for the final that will be held on September 28. Asia Cup schedule 2018 is placed below.
Asia Cup Schedule 2018
|No||Asia Cup 2018 Schedule||Date||Time||Venue|
|1||BAN won by 137 runs against SL||15-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|2||PAK won by 8 wickets against HK||16-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|3||AFG won by 91 runs against SL||17-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Abu Dhabi|
|4||IND won by 26 runs against HK||18-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|5||IND won by 8 wickets against PAK||19-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|6||AFG won by 136 runs against BAN||20-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Abu Dhabi|
|SUPER FOUR ROUND|
|7||India vs Bangladesh, Super Four Match 1||21-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|8||Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Super Four Match 2||22-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Abu Dhabi|
|9||India vs Pakistan, Super Four Match 3||23-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|10||Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Super Four Match 4||24-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Abu Dhabi|
|11||India vs Afghanistan, Super Four Match 5||25-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
|12||Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Super Four Match 6||26-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Abu Dhabi|
|13||Asia Cup 2018 Final||28-Sep||16:30 PKT / 17:00 IST||Dubai|
Note: All matches will be played at 3:30 PM local time / 4:30 PM Pakistan time / 5:00 PM Indian time / 11:30 AM GMT.
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The Asia Cup will be held in UAE with matches distributed between Dubai International stadium and Zayed Cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi. The final will be played in Dubai. Buy Asia cup tickets online from Platinumlist. Asia Cup 2018 tickets price will range from AED20 to AED750. The tickets can also be purchased from various retail outlets across UAE and at the stadium box office. The hospitality packages for VIP and Corporate Suites can be purchased directly from Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi Cricket. You can place your enquiry via email addressed to [email protected] or [email protected]
Five of these six teams get a direct entry into the competition – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – while there were six other teams that played in a Qualifier to win that elusive sixth spot. Hong Kong overcame challenge from Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and UAE to win the Qualifiers. Here’s how you can watch the Asia Cup 2018 live on TV or on your computer. Asia Cup cricket 2018 team squads is placed below.
Group A: India, Pakistan, Hong Kong
Group B: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan
Asia Cup 2018 Team Squads Players List
Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam Ul Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav, Khaleel Ahmed, KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Afghan(c), Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmat Shahidi, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari, Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Mendis,Kusal Perera, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Abu Haider Rony, Ariful Haque, Liton Das, Mahmud Ullah, Md Mithun, Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal (ruled out due to fractured wrist)
Hong Kong Squad: Anshuman Rath (c), Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Waqas Khan, Cameron McAulsan, Arshad Mohammad
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. Get all the latest Asia Cup predictions & tips here.
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.
Interestingly with the 2019 World Cup less than a year away when the Asia Cup squads will be announced, this tournament could be used as a warm-up for that competition in the UK next year.