Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and an associate nation will fight for glory as the Asia Cup unfolds on the 15th of September in the United Arab Emirates.
The tournament opener between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be followed up by a thriller between archrivals India and Pakistan. Having rested Virat Kohli, the Indian outfit will be led by Rohit Sharma. Pakistan, however, are favorites to win the game and most likely the tournament this year.
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan announced their 15 man squad for the ODI tournament earlier this week.
Asia Cup Squads
India – Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Dinesh Chandimal
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto
Afghanistan – Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Wafadar
Lasith Malinga is Back!
SLC selectors have finally decided to bring back Lasith Malinga who did exceptionally well in the recent SLC Twenty20 League. He was initially left out of the 31 player preliminary squad for reasons unknown.
Malinga will lead the bowling attack with Suranga Lakmal and the mystery of Akila Dhananjaya. The young spinner will, however, miss the first few games due to personal reasons.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Chandimal is also in doubt after sustaining a hairline fracture on the middle finger of his right hand during the SLC T20 league. Niroshan Dickwella is likely to be included as his replacement.
Angelo Mathews will lead the side with Chandimal or Suranga Lakmal as his deputy.
Asia Cup Match Schedule
15 September – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
16 September – Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)
17 September – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
18 September – India vs Qualifier (Dubai)
19 September – India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
20 September – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
21 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
21 September – Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 September – Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
23 September – Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 September – Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
28 September – Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)
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