ASIA CUP 2018: Mark Your Calendar, India To Face Arch-rivals Pakistan On This Date

It has been a long period of time since India clashed with arch-rival Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Indeed, cricket fans all over the world are waiting to watch the mother of all games.

Well, the Defending Champions will start their campaign against a Qualifier in Dubai before the high-voltage clash against Pakistan on September 19, 2018, as per the announcement made by ICC on July 24, 2018.

As per the reports, Virat Kohli and Co. are placed with Pakistan in Group A along with the Qualifier. While Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

While other participants UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong will battle with each other to play as a Qualifier in the tournament.

The much-awaited tournament will be played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on September 15, 2018, at Dubai.  Then the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 while the finals will be played on September 28, 2018, at Dubai.

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Check out the schedule of Asia Cup 2018:

Group Stage :

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)

Super Four

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).

Why is BCCI unhappy?

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not convinced by the scheduling of the biggest game of 2018. Well, BCCI has described the decision as “mindless” as India will face the qualifier a day before the much-awaited clash against Pakistan.

“The scheduling is mindless. There appears to be zero application of mind. How can you accept a scenario where India plays a game today and tomorrow it will face its arch-rival Pakistan who will have a two-day period of rest?”  a senior BCCI official told CricketNext.

“This is unacceptable and has to be revisited. Maybe for the organisers, it is just a money-spinning game but for us it is important that there be equity in scheduling,” he added.

Well, Pakistan will get a lot of time to rest as they will get a 2-day break after playing against a qualifier on September 16, 2018.

Do you think India’s match should be rescheduled?

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