The Asia Cup 2018 schedule features 13 matches with 6 teams divided into two groups participating in the tournament. India, defending champions, will face arch-rivals Pakistan on 19 September. As per the tournament format, the two teams will play each other at least once and it is expected that both teams will also move to the Super 4 round and play two matches at least.
India has back to back games scheduled on 18th and 19th September and there are chances that the schedule might be revised to give India a rest day before their all-important Pakistan encounter. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in India but was later moved to UAE due to the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan.
|15 Sep||B||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Dubai|
|16 Sep||A||Pakistan vs Hong Kong||Dubai|
|17 Sep||B||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||Abu Dhabi|
|18 Sep||A||India vs Hong Kong||Dubai|
|19 Sep||A||India vs Pakistan||Dubai|
|20 Sep||B||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Abu Dhabi|
|21 Sep||Super 4||Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up||Dubai|
|21 Sep||Super 4||Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up||Abu Dhabi|
|23 Sep||Super 4||Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up||Dubai|
|23 Sep||Super 4||Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up||Abu Dhabi|
|25 Sep||Super 4||Group A Winner vs Group B Winner||Dubai|
|26 Sep||Super 4||Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up||Abu Dhabi|
|28 Sep||Final||Top two teams from Super 4||Dubai|
Asia Cup 2018 squads
The Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2018 is as under:
Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan Shanwari, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Fahim Ashraf
The Indian squad for Asia Cup 2018 is as under:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed
The Bangladesh squad for Asia Cup 2018 is as under:
Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Kumar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Haider.
Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Afghan(c), Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah Janat, Sayed Shirzad, Wafadar, Munir Ahmad Kakar
Sri Lanka squad
Angelo Mathews (Captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga.
Asia Cup 2018 Teams and Groups
Overall six teams would be participating and would be divided into two groups. The tournament format is such that the top two teams would each group would proceed to a Super 4 round where Top 4 teams would play each other in round robin to decide the two finalists.
The groups are as under:
|Group A||Group B|