India and Pakistan, the 2017 Champions Trophy finalists, are set to fulfill for the primary time since that lopsided contest, with the announcement of the Asia Cup schedule confirming the date and venue of the conflict. The 2 play one another on September 19 in Dubai, the primary time they may face off within the UAE since 2006. It’s going to additionally mark the primary time the arch-rivals do battle in Dubai; they’ve beforehand performed 24 ODIs in Sharjah and two in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan have been dominant within the UAE, profitable 19 of the contests.
Six groups will participate within the Asia Cup, with the group stage divided into two teams for the primary time. Pakistan and India have been pooled with one different workforce to be decided by a qualifying event that takes place from August 29 to September 6. The qualifying event options six groups: Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman and UAE.
The opposite group contains Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The six groups will then be lower all the way down to 4 after the primary spherical, with every of them enjoying the opposite in a spherical robin format. The highest two will undergo to the ultimate, to be held on September 28.
The event can even revert to its conventional ODI format, which was final held in 2014 in Bangladesh, with Sri Lanka rising victors. The 2016 version was became a T20I event, serving as preparation for the World T20 that was to be held a month later. India have been champions in 2016.
This yr’s event was initially scheduled to be held in India, however political variations with Pakistan pressured it to be rescheduled to the UAE. The Emirates Cricket Board will hire out the stadiums with India to function the “official” hosts. All matches will probably be performed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with the latter to function the venue for the ultimate.