Pakistan Forces the Upcoming Asia Cup to Be Moved From India to the UAE

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.


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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;

  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • 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.


  • Come on man. Pakistan did not force the change of venue; india also told them that they do not want to host us. I am sure if India has said it otherwise, Pakistani cricketers would’ve been happier going there. Please do not give us false and exaggerated reports. our diplomacy is worse and we are unfortunate to have corrupt leaders and reporters like you.

    • Not true.

      PCB forced a change of venue for U19 matches too out of safety concerns. Same applies here.

    • You must be some supporter of PTI who can’t even appreciate PCB chairman’s achievements and honor he earned just because they couldn’t prove the accusations of 22 punctures. we always are in the hunt of negative stories and can’t appreciate he good work of anyone.


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