Dubai, Jan 29: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is holding the Asia Cup 2016 Twenty20 International (T20I) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from Feb 24 to Mar 6.
It will be the 13th edition of the Asia Cup, the fifth to be held in Bangladesh, and the first to be played using the Twenty20 format.
Along with hosts Bangladesh and defending champions Sri Lanka (winners in 2014), the tournament will include Pakistan, India and a qualifier. All matches will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
The qualifier will be determined through a qualifying round (Twenty20 internationals) scheduled to be played from February 19 – 22 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS) in Narayanganj. Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and UAE will compete for the lone spot in the main round featuring the four Asian Test nations.
The Asia Cup in the new format is also expected to serve as a preparatory platform for the teams participating in the ICC World Twenty20 in March 2016 in India.
Asia Cup Schedule
Feb 19: Afghanistan v UAE, Fatullah
Hong Kong v Oman, Fatullah
Feb 21: Afghanistan v Oman, Fatullah
Feb 20: Hong Kong v UAE, Fatullah
Afghanistan v Hong Kong, Fatullah
Feb 22: UAE v Oman, Fatullah
Feb 24: India v Bangladesh, Mirpur
Feb 25: Sri Lanka v Qualifier, Mirpur
Feb 26: Bangladesh v Qualifier, Mirpur
Feb 27: India v Pakistan, Mirpur
Feb 28: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
Feb 29: Pakistan v Qualifier, Mirpur
Mar 1: India v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
Mar 2: Bangladesh v Pakistan, Mirpur
Mar 3: India v Qualifier, Mirpur
Mar 4: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
Mar 6: Final, Mirpur