For the first time in history Asia Cup 2016 will be played in T20 format. The opening match of the tournament will be played between host country Bangladesh and India. All the matches will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur.
This year’s Asia Cup will be the 13th edition of the series and will feature following teams- India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates. The final of the Asia Cup 2016 will be played on March 6.
Asia cup is played once in a two years. The next 2018 Asia Cup will be reverted back to ODI format so that all Asian teams can prepare well for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Again 2020 Asia cup will be played in ODI formats to keep in mind the 2020 T20 World Cup. Its time to have a look at the squads of the participating teams.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami, Iftikhar Ahmed.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay
UAE: Amjad Javed (Captain), Farhan Ahmed, Mohammad Naveed, Ahmed Raza, Fahad Tariq, Mohammad Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Kaleem, Qadeer Ahmed, Swapnil Patil, Rohan Mustafa, Saqlain Haider, Shaiman Anwar, Usman Mushtaq, Zaheer Maqsood
Asia Cup 2016 Schedule
February 24: Match 1: Bangladesh VS India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
February 25: Match 2: Sri Lanka vs UAE at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
February 26: Match 3: Bangladesh VS UAE at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
February 27: Match 4: India VS Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
February 28: Match 5: Bangladesh VS Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
February 29: Match 6: Pakistan vs UAE at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
March 1: Match 7: India vs Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
March 2: Match 8: Bangladesh VS Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
March 3: Match 9: India vs UAE at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
March 4: Match 10: Pakistan VS Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
March 6: FINAL – TBA vs TBA at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
TIMING: All matches will be telecasted at 19:00 IST
TV Channels Showing Cricket Asia Cup 2016
Star Sports 1,3, HD1 and HD3
Live streaming: Star Sports website, Hotstar