Asia Cup 2022: Finally, after a lot of delays and contemplation, the Asian Cricket Council announced the schedule for the Asia Cup.
The last edition of the Cup was held in 2018 in ODI format. The countries in Asia were all set to clash with each other on the cricketing grounds in 2020 in the T20 format when the pandemic hit the globe. Due to this, the tournament was postponed. The delays were made to such an extent that the tournament is being played 2 years late.
Given that the pandemic has softened and the world is pacing towards a circumstance where COVID is not posing a huge threat, the Asia Cup is all set to be played in 2022.
The ACC or Asian Council of Cricket has announced the venue and schedule for the tournament. Check all the details such as the Asia Cup 2022 Match Dates, Team Players, Fixtures, and much more in the subsequent write-up.
The schedule for the Asia Cup 2022 has been finally announced by the Asian Cricket Council. The countries will face each in the T20 Tournament in the venues fixated by the ACC. This cup is one of the major events for Cricket in Asian Countries.
The tournament was first played in the year 1984. The last edition was held in an ODI format in the United Arab Emirates. India won the last Asia Cup as it emerged as the most successful in the cup, which did not lose even a single match. The Indian Batsman Shikhar Dhawan was named the Man of the Series for the Cup. After multiple postponements, the tournament will be held on the soil of Sri Lanka in August 2022.
The five prominent cricketing teams in the continent have qualified to participate in the cup. The qualifiers will also be held in Sri Lanka as well. It will be very interesting to see which new team will be added for the Asia Cup 2022.
Name of the Tournament Asia Cup 2022
Conducted By Asian Cricket Council or ACC
Hosted By Sri Lanka Cricket or SLC
Last Edition 2018
Defending Champion India
Number of Participating Teams 6
Dates August 2022-September 2022
Venue of Matches Sri Lanka
The official schedule for the Asia Cup is yet to be released. It is confirmed that the Asia Cup will be played in 2022 prior to the T20 World Cup which is conducted by the Internation Cricket Council. The Council has announced the commencement of the Qualifiers matches on 20 August 2022.
The cup will be further played after the inclusion of the winning team. The tentative schedule is available. It is anticipated that the matches will be played in August and September. Precisely, the tournament will commence in the middle of August and will be played till September 2022. The cup will be hosted in a manner that the boards get ample time prior to their on-ground participation in the T20 World Cup.
The teams are all set and ready to play the Asia Cup as they have been waiting for this moment since 2018. The last edition was played in the year 2018. The present edition was supposed to be held in 2020 which was not possible due to the pandemic. Pakistan was supposed to host that edition. However, due to political tensions and the Covid outburst, every plan has changed.
It was earlier decided in 2018 that Pakistan would host the 2020 Asia Cup. However, due to political tensions between India and Pakistan, India imposed the condition to withdraw from participation. ACC decided to stick to its decision to let Pakistan host the cup. India refrained from reacting positively to this decision of the council. It was lastly in 2008 that Pak hosted an Asia Cup. Post that, the attacks on the Sri Lankan Team in 2009 on the lands of Pakistan led to the impacts in Council’s decision to consider it as a probable venue. Later Pakistan proposed a change of Venue agreeing to set a neutral location. ACC decided to let Sri Lanka host the 2020 Asia Cup.
It was then that the pandemic hit the globe and it caused constant postponements. The Asian Cricket Council decided to stick with the hosts and they kept on postponing the dates. In 2022, considering the situation of pandemics in the Asian Countries, it was decided that the Asia Cup will be held. The council fixated Sri Lanka as the venue for the Asia Cup Tournament 2022.
Qualification Means for Asia Cup
6 teams will play in the Asia Cup in 2022. Out of these, five teams are selected by the means of their satisfaction with the Council Rules for the cup. ACC has clearly stated that the five teams shall be Full Members of the International Cricket Council. They shall definitely play in the tournament.
The other team that will be added to the list will be the winner of the Qualifiers for the Asia Cup. The Qualifiers will be hosted by Sri Lanka. The match will be played on 20 August 2022. The Eastern Region Teams that will battle for their qualification are Singapore and Hong Kong. While the two teams that will battle from the Western Region are Kuwait and UAE. The team which will win the qualifier will be the sixth team to participate in the fully-fledged Asia Cup.
Teams & Squads that shall play in Asia Cup 2022
The teams that will participate in the Asia Cup are yet to announce a squad. The latest updates rea=garding the same will be available here soon. Keep checking this space for all the latest information on the teams. The following teams will play in the Asia Cup tournament in 2022: