The United Arab Emirates has been awarded the 2018 Asia Cup that was initially slated to be held in India. The event will probably be performed between September 13 and 28, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan has been cited as the explanation for the change. “The ACC deliberated on the matter and determined that this was one of the simplest ways ahead,” Asian Cricket Council and PCB chairman Najam Sethi advised ESPNcricinfo. “All choices have been unanimous. All members agreed to assist the return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan topic to sure constraints. That is why the ACC Annual Normal Assembly will he held in Lahore and the BCCI has pledged to take part in it like all different ACC members. That is why numerous matches of the Rising Asia Cup will probably be performed in Pakistan.”
The Asia Cup will function 50-overs video games between Full Members India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a sixth crew. The sixth crew will probably be decided through a play-off that features UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman. Abu Dhabi and Dubai would be the venues for the event, the place India is to function the official host. The Emirates Cricket Board is renting out the stadiums.
This would be the 14th version of the Asia Cup. The primary 12 have been staged as ODI competitions, whereas the earlier Asia Cup in 2016 was the primary to be held as a T20I occasion, successfully as a warm-up occasion forward of the World T20. India are the defending champions, having beaten Bangladesh within the remaining two years in the past.
The 2018 Rising Groups’ Asia Cup, in the meantime, will probably be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Initially slated for April, the event has been moved to December. Pakistan will even play host to the following ACC Annual Normal Assembly, which will probably be held later this yr.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent
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