The 2018 Asian Cup, which was originally set to be played in India has now been shifted to United Arab Emirates due to the political antagonism between Pakistan and India. The tournament will now be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi between September 13 & 28, as per the decisions taken by the Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Despite UAE renting their grounds throughout the tournament, India still serves as the official hosts of the 2018 Asia Cup.
The 14th edition of the Asia Cup will be a six-team episode, with five member nations (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) and the sixth participating nation being one among Nepal, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman, which will be decided through a playoff. As per the rotation policy of the formats implemented in 2016, this edition of the Asia Cup will be a 50-over format, as the previous one was played in the T20 format.
After the conclusion of the gathering in Malaysia, Asian Cricket Council and PCB Chairman said, “The ACC deliberated on the matter and decided that this was the best way forward”. “All the decisions were unanimous. All participants agreed to support the return of international cricket to Pakistan subject to certain constraints. That’s why the ACC Annual General Meeting will be held in Lahore and the BCCI has pledged to participate in it like all other members. That’s why a number of matches of the Emerging Asia Cup will be played in Pakistan.”, he added.
The 2018 Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup now will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and the tournament has also been shifted from April to December. Moreover, the meeting confirmed that Pakistan would be the hosts of the next ACC Annual General Meeting, which is going to be held later this year.