Asian Cricket Council organized the Asia Cup in 1984 to increase brotherhood among the South Asian cricket playing nations. It is difficult to say how successful this initiative of ACC was to increase brotherhood. But it is undoubtedly true that the competition level of cricket of this region has taken its toll.Especially, the last few editions of the Asia Cup made everyone think so.
And just one day later, this year’s Asia Cup tournament is going on to the field. Meanwhile, Its heat has begun to spread before the Asia Cup made its way to the ground of UAE. Actually, this heat is now being felt throughout the country.
Already the Asia Cup schedule and the team have all been finalized. All the teams have already finalized their final squad. After many dramas, the selectors of Bangladesh have also finalized the squad. In spite of Shakib’s injuries issues, they kept him in the squad. And due to injury issues of newcomer Nazmul Hossain Shanta, Test specialist Majumul Haque has been called in the team been called in the squad at the last moment.
Although there is some doubt about whether Mustafiz and Tamim are fit enough to deliver their best. Even if they can give their full potential, Bangladesh will do a great job in this Asia Cup once again. That’s for sure. Unlike billions of Bangladesh’s cricket loving people, we hope that as well.
Let’s take a look at this final fixture of the Asia Cup 2018, and the final squad of each six teams.
15 September: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka in Dubai
16 September: Pakistan vs Hong Kong in Dubai
17 September: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi
18 September: India vs Hong Kong in Dubai
19 September: India vs Pakistan in Dubai
20 September: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi
21 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up in Dubai
21 September: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up in Abu Dhabi
23 September: Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up in Dubai
23 September: Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up in Abu Dhabi
25 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Winner in Dubai
26 September: Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up in Abu Dhabi
28 September: TBC vs TBC
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, 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, Mominul Haque
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL 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, Khaleel Ahmed.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi
Sri Lanka Squad:
Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga
Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Wafadar
Hong Kong Squad:
Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain