The Asia Cup 2018 is set to be staged in the United Arab Emirates from September 15th to 28th. The tournament will see arch-rivals India and Pakistan take on each other in a mouth-watering clash at the Dubai Cricket Ground. Here are the dates, time and venues for all the Asia Cup games.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the full schedule of the upcoming Asia Cup 2018. The biennial tournament will be staged in the United Arab Emirates this time around with a total six teams participating. The opening match will be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai. The competition will also see India and Pakistan take on each other, in what will be a cracker of a contest between the two arch-rivals.
The tournament will be held between September 15th to 28th with a total of 13 matches taking place, including the final which will be played in Dubai. Total six teams will be participating with India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as confirmed sides, Hosts UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong will fight for the remaining spot.
India will begin their campaign against the qualifier team and will face Pakistan next on consecutive days. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play their opener in Dubai on September 18, followed by another match the next day against their eternal rivals at the same venue. India will be keen on avenging the defeat in the Champions Trophy 2017 final, however, lack of recovery time might hamper the team’s chances.
India’s ongoing tour of England will get over on September 11, after which the team will have only six before they play their Asia Cup opener. The teams have been divided into two groups, two teams from each will progress into the Super Four.
Here’s the full schedule, venue and dates of the Asia Cup 2018:
Date Match Venue
15 September Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Dubai
16 September Pakistan vs Qualifier Dubai
17 September Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Abu Dhabi
18 September India vs Qualifier Dubai
19 September India vs Pakistan Dubai
20 September Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Abu Dhabi
21 September Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up Dubai
21 September Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up Abu Dhabi
23 September Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up Dubai
23 September Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up Abu Dhabi
25 September Group A Winner vs Group B Winner Dubai
26 September Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up Abu Dhabi
28 September Asia Cup 2018 Final Dubai