Asia Cup 2022: Even as Indian athletes in the ongoing Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games have been making headlines, another sporting event is kicking-in later in Augustust. The Asia Cup 2022 schedule has been announced and India will face-off with Pakistan on Augustust 28. The arch rivals will play their opening match against each other.
Asia Cup 2022, which begins on 27 Augustust will conclude on 11 Septembertember 2022.
Sri Lanka will be taking on Afghanistan in the tournament opener on Augustust 27 in Dubai, which will be followed by the high-profile clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on the next day.
The schedule for the 15th edition of the Asian tournament was officially announced by Jay Shah, Chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Twitter.
Ten out of the thirteen games including the final on Septembertember 11 are set to be played in Dubai, with the rest to take place in Sharjah. UAE, Kuwait, Singapore and Hong Kong will play a qualifying round with the winner joining India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the main tournament.
The main tournament will feature six teams divided into two groups. India, Pakistan and the qualifier are in Group A while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan form Group B. Each team plays within the group once.
The top-two teams from each group will further play in a `Super 4` round, meaning there is a high probability of at least another India – Pakistan game in the second round before the final where the top two would feature.
The tournament, originally to be played in Sri Lanka was moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a few days back following the political and economic crisis in the island nation.
The Asia Cup, which was last played in 2018, will be played in the T20 format and India, who are the defending champions, will enter the 2022 edition of the competition as favourites.
August 27 – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Dubai
August 28 – India vs Pakistan, Dubai
August 30 – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Sharjah
August 31 – India vs Qualifier, Dubai
September 1 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Dubai
September 2 – Pakistan vs Qualifier, Sharjah
September 3 – B1 vs B2, Sharjah
September 4 – A1 vs A2, Dubai
September 6 – A1 vs B1, Dubai
September 7 – A2 vs B2, Dubai
September 8 – A1 vs B2, Dubai
September 9 – B1 vs A2, Dubai
September 11 – FINAL, Dubai -IANS