Asia Cup 2018: All you need to know - Squads, Fixtures & Broadcast details
The tournament gets underway on September 15 and the final will be played on September 28.
It will be the 14th edition of the Asia Cup that starts on 15 September 2018. There are six teams taking part in the Asia Cup with India going in as the defending champions. The other teams are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan. The sixth team will be Hong Kong.
They are split into two groups of three teams each. India, Pakistan and Hong Kong constitute Group A. Group B will be formed by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The tournament will follow a round-robin format in the initial stages where all the three teams in each group will play against each other.
This will be followed by the ‘Super Four’ stages where the top two teams from each group will play each other. The top two teams from the ‘Super Four’ stages would play each other in the final. A total of 13 games will be played before the winner is decided. It is the third time that the Asia Cup is being played in the United Arab Emirates after the 1984 and 1995 editions.
Although the tournament this year was supposed to be played in India, it was moved to a neutral venue due to the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi are the two venues finalised for the event. The final will be played on 28 September 2018.
India: 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
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi
Sri Lanka: 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, Dinesh Chandimal
Bangladesh: 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
Afghanistan: 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, Wafadar
Hong Kong: 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
Asia Cup 2018 Fixtures: