Once again, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is selecting Dubai as the host venue for the upcoming Asia Cup, meaning and India and Pakistani are set to square off in our city!
Dubai hosting 2020 Asia Cup
Pakistan was scheduled to host this year’s Asia Cup but that would mean India’s chances of participating in the tournament would be close to none. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Saurav Ganguly told ANI the 2020 edition will be hosted in Dubai and both the rivals will participate.
It isn’t made clear whether Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will host the tournament, unlike the previous edition.
Consecutive editions of Asia Cup held in the UAE
The UAE hosted the first Asia Cup back in 1984 and was selected as the host country in 2018, featuring a line-up of close matches and an intense final which saw India limp to victory over Bangladesh. Chasing 222, India were off to a poor start losing early wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Ambati Rayudu (2), until the middle-order helped rebuild the innings thanks to Dinesh Karthik’s 37, Dhoni’s 36, and quickfire knocks by Kedhar Jadhav (23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21), helping the Men In Blue win by three wickets. Here’s hoping for more epic encounters in the upcoming edition!
Photograph credit: Asian Cricket Council
Asia Cup was typically held with One Day International (ODI) status , until the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the tournament will be played on a rotation basis in line with upcoming World Cups and hallmark events. That’s why the 2016 edition was hosted in the shorter format, in the build-up for the T20 World Cup, and the 2018 edition following the suite for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The 2020 edition will be held in the T20I format too, in time for World T20
(Featured photograph credit: Asian Cricket Council)