India has been dealt a huge blow as the upcoming Asia Cup has been moved to UAE from India. The decision by Asian Cricket Council comes in amid the rising political tensions between the neighboring countries.
Pakistan repeatedly protested against India as the hosts for Asia Cup. The reason behind this was India’s lack of sportsmanship as it backed out on its word multiple times and refused to play a series against Pakistan.
The meeting between ACC’s executive board members was held in Kuala Lumpur in which the decision of relocation was made.
Najam Sethi, Chairman of ACC and PCB, told the media;
The ACC deliberated on the matter and decided that this was the best way forward.
The Asia Cup
The biggest cricketing event of the Asian region will be held in September this year. The most probable day for the start of the event is September 13 and end is expected to end on September 28. This will be the 14th edition of the tournament and following 6 teams will compete for the title;
- Sri Lanka
- 6th team will be decided via playoffs. UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman will compete in the qualifying round for Asia Cup 2018.
This year’s Asia Cup will see a change of format once again. The first 12 editions were played in the ODI format. However, the last tournament, in 2016, saw a switch towards T20 format just before that year’s T20I World Cup. This time ACC has announced that the Asia Cup will be played in the ODI format once again.
India will enter the Cup as the defending champions as they beat Bangladesh in the final last time.
Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup
Pakistan will co-host the 2018 Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup along with Sri Lanka later this year as well. The tournament was to be held in April this year but was later rescheduled for December 2018. Pakistan is also planning on hosting the next ACC Annual General Meeting considering the improved security situation.