ICC confirmed that 2018 Asia Cup will take place in September 2018 and it has been moved from India to UAE. The decision has come after the tension between India and Pakistan. The Asia Cup 2018 will be played between 13th September to 28th September with six teams featuring in the tournament. The competition will be played in the ODI Format. It is the 14th edition of the Asia Cup and it has been for the third time that the competition will be played in the UAE. The six teams participating in the tournament are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, while more one team will join these 5 qualified teams through the matches which will be played between UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman.
Asia Cup 2018 Schedule
The group A will comprises of India, Pakistan and Qualifier, while Group B will consist of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Pakistan will join India and there will be qualifier in one group of the competition. On the other hand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be in the other group of the competition.
The two teams from both the groups will qualify for super four round where each team will play one game against of the each of the other three teams and at the end of the super four round top two teams will qualify for the final.
India will enter in the competition as the defending champion. Asia Cup has been played for 13 times, India have won the competition most number of times at six and Sri Lanka is the second most successful side, with five wins in the Asia Cup tournament. Pakistan have won the competition twice in 2000 and 2012, while Bangladesh have made to the final two times.
The six teams will be divided into two groups of 3 teams and every team will play two group games and group winners will qualify for the finals.