Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka set to secure horns in operator
India, who have won the tournament six times, are among the top contenders to lift the trophy.
Abu Dhabi: One of the biggest cricketing tournaments, Asia Cup, is all set to kick-start in Dubai with six teams– India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh– battling it out to clinch the coveted trophy.
While the India-Pakistan clash is being perceived as the main highlight of the tournament, all the team captains have made it clear that they are not going to take any side lightly.
Indian, who have won the competition six periods, are among the top competitors to raise the award. The highest-ranked group, however, would definitely skip the skills of Virat Kohli, who has been relaxed for the competition.
Other groups in Team A, together with Indian, consist of Pakistan and Hong Kong. While Pakistan has won the competition twice, Hong Kong would be expecting to enhance their previously history in case where they had made an earlier quit by dropping suits in the group level.
In Team B, five-time Japan Cup winners Sri Lanka will battle against Afghanistan and Bangladesh to proceed their good history in the competition.
While Bangladesh are yet to get their practical the Japan Cup award, Afghanistan had handled only one success in their only overall look in the competition in 2014.
Sri Lanka had already obtained a large distress in the way of right-hand batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who was eliminated of the competition due to help damage. But pacer Lasith Malinga’s come back to the ODI team would definitely be an power for the group.
The competition will get started with with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka dealing with each other in the starting conflict of Team A on Weekend at the Dubai Worldwide Ground.
Following are the full Asia Cup Squads for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka:
India- Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur
Pakistan- Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari
Bangladesh- Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Nazmul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto
Sri Lanka- Angelo Mathews (c), Amila Aponso, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga
Hong Kong- Anshuman Rath (c), Aizaz Khan, Arshad Mohammad, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan nawaz, Cameron McAuslan, Scott McKechnie, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan
Afghanistan- Asghar Afghan (c), Javed Ahmadi, Munir Ahmad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran