Outdoors the ICC occasions, the Asia Cup is mainly the largest worldwide event when it comes to the variety of contributors, although it’s possible you’ll not instantly consider it that approach. It comprises precisely what it says on the tin, i.e it’s performed between the highest groups in Asia. The first version was performed 38 years in the past in Sharjah and featured India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After three round-robin video games, India emerged as champions beneath the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar. The Asia Cup hasn’t been essentially the most persistently scheduled event, however since 2008, it has been performed each alternate 12 months till the Covid-19 pandemic broke the sequence in 2020.
India once more? They appear to have gained it…
Essentially the most instances, sure. India have gained the Asia Cup seven instances, whereas Sri Lanka have gained it 5 instances. Pakistan, maybe surprisingly, have solely gained it twice.
The event begins on August 27 with Sri Lanka taking up Afghanistan in Dubai, and the ultimate is on September 11, additionally in Dubai. It is being performed within the T20 format as a result of it is good prep for the T20 World Cup later this 12 months.
Sure, sorry, it really begins with a qualifier event from August 20 to 24 in Oman. UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuwait will play that competitors with all of the matches on the Al Amerat Cricket Floor. All of them play one another as soon as and the winner joins India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the primary occasion.
And now again to the primary occasion?
Easy: six groups, divided into two teams:
Group A: India, Pakistan, qualifying staff
Group B: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
Every staff performs the opposite two of their group as soon as and the highest two qualify for the subsequent spherical, the Tremendous 4. There, every staff performs each different staff as soon as, and the highest two groups make it to the ultimate.
Has the Asia Cup carried out a T20 model earlier than?
Sure, the 2016 version in Bangladesh was additionally performed within the T20 format and it was carried out conserving in thoughts that 12 months’s T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to start two days after the Asia Cup last. The event adjustments format relying on which 12 months it’s performed: subsequent 12 months’s version in Pakistan, for instance, can be an ODI Asia Cup as preparation for the 2023 World Cup in India.
That is useful. And did I hear it is being performed within the UAE?
You probably did and it’s. Once more. It is really the religious residence of types given the Asia Cup started there (as a strategy to have India and Pakistan play often at a impartial venue). All video games are being held in Sharjah and Dubai.
It is not, however wants should. The event was imagined to be held in Sri Lanka this 12 months, however the financial and political disaster in that nation meant it needed to transfer: bilateral cricket has been held in Sri Lanka, however the logistics of a multi-team event would’ve been tough to handle.
India and Pakistan had been dominated out as choices for numerous causes, so it needed to be the UAE.
And the warmth?
It is going to be highly regarded. And really, very humid. Worldwide cricket has solely been scheduled as soon as within the UAE in August, when Australia performed Pakistan in a white-ball collection in 2012. It was bodily draining however they simply about managed, with later than common begins. The Asia Cup video games will begin at 6pm UAE time. Apart from that the UAE is greater than adept, having held the 2018 Asia Cup, the IPL, the PSL often (and in June final 12 months), in addition to the T20 World Cup final 12 months.
Most probably twice, 3 times if we’re fortunate. They face one another first on August 28 in Dubai, their first assembly for the reason that 2021 T20 World Cup, when Pakistan beat India by ten wickets on the similar venue.
If each end as the highest two groups of their group, they’ll meet once more within the Tremendous 4 spherical. After which there may very well be an India-Pakistan last as effectively. India and Pakistan have by no means confronted one another within the last of the Asia Cup.
The 2 groups have confronted one another 14 instances, with India profitable on eight events and Pakistan on 5. One recreation resulted in a no-result.