New Delhi, August 2: Asia Cup 2022 will start on August 27 with a match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at Dubai.
The Asia Cup 2022 was scheduled to be staged at Sri Lanka but the internal turmoil in that nation forced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to shift the tournament to the UAE.
The Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the T20I format and India are the defending champions of the tournament. The marquee clash of India vs Pakistan will be held at Dubai on August 28.
It may be recalled that India had defeated Bangladesh in 2018 to lift the previous edition of the Asia Cup, which was also held in the UAE. Then it was a cameo by Dinesh Karthik helped India to win the title.
The Asia Cup 2022 holds a significance for India and all other participating teams because it is held in the run-up to the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia across October and November.
India will also hope to test their player readiness level in the Asia Cup 2022 and will be keen to see whether opener KL Rahul available for this tournament.
Rahul was expected to play for India in the T20I series against the West Indies but a positive Covid-19 test poured water on his plans.
From that perspective, India will be eager for the Bangalore man to come back and show his readiness for the big event at the earliest opportunity. They will also cast an eye on the performance of Virat Kohli in the Asia Cup 2022.
All the matches can be viewed live on Star Sports Networks while the live streaming will be on Disney + HotStar.
Asia Cup 2022 — full schedule.
Aug 27 - Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Dubai
Aug 28 - India vs Pakistan, Dubai
Aug 30 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Sharjah
Aug 31 India vs Qualifier, Dubai
Sep 1 Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Dubai
Sep 2 Pakistan vs Qualifier, Sharjah
Sep 3 B1 vs B2, Sharjah
Sep 4 A1 vs A2, Dubai
Sep 6 A1 vs B1, Dubai
Sep 7 A2 vs B2, Dubai
Sep 8 A1 vs B2, Dubai
Sep 9 B1 vs A2, Dubai
Sep 11 Final, Dubai
(All matches will start at 7.30 PM IST)