Asia Cup 2018 Schedule, Fixtures, Teams, Time Table, Match Date and Time: After the culmination of the long and grueling tour to England, India will return to Asia to participate in multi-team tournament, the Asia Cup. Apart from India, several other Asian nations – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong will participate in the tournament that is set to begin this week from Saturday.
The 14th edition of the Asia Cup begins this week with Bangladesh taking on against five-time winners Sri Lanka in the lung opener on 15 September. The upcoming tournament will be hosted for the third time in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with six nations participating in the event. Defending champions India will begin their campaign against Hong Kong on 18 September in Dubai, followed by the marquee contest against Pakistan the next day.
The six teams are divided into two groups with India, Pakistan and Hong Kong in Group A while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will form Group B. The tournament will run for almost two weeks. Regular India captain Virat Kohli has been rested after a two-month long tour to England. In Kohli’s absence, his deputy Rohit Sharma will lead India.
Here is the Asia Cup 2018 Schedule:
15 September: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
16 September: Pakistan vs Hong Kong (Dubai)
17 September: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
18 September: India vs Hong Kong (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)
Asia Cup 2018 Final
28 September: Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)
Asia Cup 2018 Tournament Dates
The cup will kick off in September. The tournament will commence from the 15th-28th, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Asia Cup 2018 Venue
Asia Cup 2018 was to be hosted by India this year, however, due to the political unrest between India and Pakistan, the venue has shifted to the United Arab Emirates.
Asia Cup 2018 Teams
The tournament will have 6 teams competing for the beautiful trophy, they include the following;
- Sri Lanka
- Hong Kong
Asia Cup 2018 Team Squads
Pakistan Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed.
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella.
Bangladesh Squad: Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque.
Hong Kong squad: Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai.
Note: All the matches will begin at 1630 hrs PST.