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Feb 16

A look ahead to the much anticipated Asia Cup starting at the end of February

Excitement is reaching fever pitch, as the Asia Cup is a mere matter of weeks away. The cup will be held in Bangladesh for the third consecutive time, with the tournament taking place every two years. However, what makes the 2016 Cup different from the rest is the fact that Twenty20 contests will be included for the first time.

The Asia Cup starts on Wednesday 24th February and concludes with the final, which is held on Sunday 6th March. The World T20 was scheduled to begin on Monday 29th February, meaning both have been incorporated.

As most you probably know, the Asia Cup is a five-nation regional tournament that features the hosts, Bangladesh, as well as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, and an Associate, which will be determined via a range of qualifiers, which will take place from the 19th to 22nd February.

The teams included in the qualifier are Oman, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). All teams will play each other, and the winner will be determined based on points. The team to finish top of the table will join the other four nations for the main event. The qualifying matches begin with Afghanistan vs. United Arab Emirates at 1.30 pm on 19thFebruary.

The Asia Cup will begin with a game between Bangladesh and India on February 24th at 7.30 pm. All matches are to be played in Mirpur, Dhaka, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The teams to take the top two spots in the point’s table will meet each other in the final, which takes place at 7.30 pm on 6th March.

Sri Lanka won the previous tournament, which took place in 2015. They beat Pakistan in the final, which led to them being crowned Asia Cup champions for the fifth time. Afghanistan was the Associate member that made it through the qualifiers for this tournament, and they managed to finish fourth, beating Bangladesh, who did not accumulate a single point.

So, you have all of the information you need to enjoy this year’s Asia Cup. Who are you backing to be crowned champions this year?

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