Emirates Cricket Board chairman unveils Asia Cup trophy in Abu Dhabi
The tournament is set to commence on August 27 in the UAE.
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The 2022 Asia Cup is the 15th edition of the competition, which is set to commence on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The trophy was unveiled in Abu Dhabi on August 19, Saturday, by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board.
Among others in the trophy unveiling ceremony were Shammi Silva, the President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mubashshir Usmani, the General Secretary of Emirates Cricket Board, Subhan Ahmed, the Advisor of Emirates Cricket Board, Prabhakaran Thanraj, the Head of Events and Commercial of Asian Cricket Council, and Thusith Perera, the GM Finance and Operations of Asian Cricket Council.
The tournament was earlier planned to take place in Sri Lanka. It was later moved to the middle-east due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. It will be held across two venues – the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which will host nine games, including the final, and Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which will host four games.
The UAE also hosted the previous edition in 2018 and also the T20 World Cup last year. And India will come into the 2022 Asia Cup as the defending champions. India also won the competition in 2016 and seven times overall. Sri Lanka have won the title five times, and Pakistan have won it two times.
There will be six teams divided into two groups in the 2022 Asia Cup. India, Pakistan, and the qualifier (yet to be decided) are in Group A, and Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in Group B. The qualifying rounds will be held before the start of the tournament in Oman, and the final will take place on September 11.
Here are the squads of each team in the 2022 Asia Cup:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), , Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Hashmatullah Shahidi
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Nurul Hasan Sohan, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon, Taskin Ahmed
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dhanushaka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanidu Hasaranga, Mahesh Theekshana, Jeffery Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Praveen Jayawickrema, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Matheesha Pathirana, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwanindu Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka