The 15th edition of the Asian Cricket Cup begins on Saturday August 27 with a clash between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. But, the match everyone is looking forward to is of course India vs Pakistan. The two cricketing heavyweights kick off their Asian Cup campaign this time around with this clash on Sunday, August 28. This time, the Asian Cup is played in the T20 format as a preparatory tournament for the year-end T20 World Cup in Australia.
The tournament is being played this time in the United Arab Emirates, although Sri Lanka is the official host. The tournament could not be played as planned in the island nation due to the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka.
Since 2016, the Asian Cup has been played in rotation between the ODI and T20 formats, depending on the next scheduled ICC World Tournament.
Hong Kong became the third team in Group A, which includes India and Pakistan, on Wednesday August 24. India are set to face Hong Kong on August 31.

India are the defending champions, having beaten Bangladesh in the last edition final in 2018 by 3 wickets.

The very first edition of the Asian Cup was played in 1984 in the United Arab Emirates. There were only 3 teams that participated in the inaugural edition – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. All teams played each other once. India won the title on the basis of the most points (8) after winning their two games. Sri Lanka was second with 4 points, with one win and one loss. Pakistan finished with 0 points after losing to India and Sri Lanka.
Here is how the 6 teams were divided into two groups for Asian Cup 2022:
group A: India, Pakistan, Hong Kong
Group B: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
Here is the full Asian Cup 2022 match schedule:
Aug 27 (Saturday): Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka in Dubai – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
Aug 28 (Sun): India vs Pakistan in Dubai – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
Aug 30 (Tues): Afghanistan vs Bangladesh in Sharjah – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
Aug 31 (Wed): India vs Hong Kong in Dubai – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
September 1 (Thurs): Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka in Dubai – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
September 2 (Fri): Pakistan vs Hong Kong in Sharjah – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
September 3 (Saturday) in Sharjah: Super 4 – B1 vs B2 – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
September 4 (Sunday) in Dubai: Super 4 – A1 vs A2 – Match starts at 7.30pm IST
September 6 (Tuesday) in Dubai: Super 4 – A1 vs B1 – Match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST
September 7 (Wednesday) in Dubai: Super 4 – A2 vs B2 – Match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST
September 8 (Thursday) in Dubai: Super 4 – A1 vs B2 – Match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST
September 9 (Fri) in Dubai: Super 4 – A2 VS B1 – Match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST
September 11 (Sunday) in Dubai: Final – Start of the match at 7:30 p.m. IST
Here are the full teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Waiting players: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc) Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanidu Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Dinesh Chandimal
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon , Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran (VC), Afsar Zazai (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Rashid Khan and Samiullah Shinwari
India vs Pakistan: T20I head-to-head:

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India vs Pakistan T20Is: Most races:

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Where to watch and follow Asian Cup 2022 matches:
You can see live match commentary, updates, latest stats, pitch results, player analysis and more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports
TV: All Asian Cup matches will be shown on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (Hindi)
Live broadcast: On the Disney+ Hotstar website and app
Asian Cup: more titles:
India (7 titles – 6 in ODI format and 1 in T20I format) – 1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018
(India have also been runners-up 3 times – in 1997, 2004 and 2008 – losing all 3 finals to Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka (5 titles) – 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014
Pakistan (2 tracks) – 2000, 2012



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