The Asia Cup is all set to return after a four-year break. While the competition starts on August 27, India, the defending champion, will open their campaign against Pakistan on August 28 in Dubai.
The Asia Cup 2022 Trophy was unveiled on Friday by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricket federation.”The Asia Cup 2022 trophy was unveiled in Abu Dhabi earlier today (Friday) by His Highness, Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman Emirates Cricket Board,” said a statement from UAE Cricket.
This time, the marquee event will be played in a T-20 format, which will provide the players with a platform to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in Australia.
India will start their campaign as a defending champions as when the last time Asia Cup was held in 2018 they defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets in the final to claim their 7th title.
Also present at the unveiling were Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary, Emirates Cricket Board, Shammi Silva, President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Ashley de Silva, CEO Sri Lanka Cricket, Subhan Ahmed, Advisor, Emirates Cricket Board, Thusith Perera, GM Finance & Operations, Asian Cricket Council, and Prabhakaran Thanraj, Head of Events and Commercial, Asian Cricket Council.
Asia Cup 2022 Scenario:
The six teams are split into two groups: Group A includes India, Pakistan, and a team that will qualify; Group B includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. In the group stage, each team faces off against the other team, with the top two teams from each group moving on to the Super 4 round. The top two teams from the Super 4 will advance to the final.
All of the games in the upcoming Asia Cup will be played in three stadiums. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium will host the matches.
The group stage matches are set to begin on August 27, with the opening match of the Asia Cup is set to feature a game between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The Dubai International Stadium will host the game.