Cricket: Asia Cup to start from today in Dubai

Cricket: Asia Cup to start from today in Dubai


In the opening match today, Sri Lanka to take on Bangladesh in a Pool-B game

India, led by Rohit Sharma, to begin their campaign against Hong Kong on Sept 18

New Delhi/Dubai: Asia Cup Cricket will start from today (Saturday, September 15) in Dubai. Rohit Sharma will lead the 16-member squad for the tournament to be held in United Arab Emirates.

Rajasthan left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed is the only new face in the team.

Virat Kohli has been rested. The 16-member team includes: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (VC), K L Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed.

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to accord One-Day International status to India and Pakistan's group league matches against Hong Kong in the upcoming Asia Cup.

BCCI along with Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had placed a request with the ICC board in this regard.

Hong Kong have been clubbed with India and Pakistan in group A while B group comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

India will take on Hongkong on the 18th and face Pakistan the next day. The last group stage match will be played on the 20th with Bangladesh fighting it out with Afghanistan.

After the group matches, six Super Four matches will be played from amongst the A and B groups. The final is slated for the 28th of this month. All the matches will be played at 5 p.m. Indian Standard Time all days.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyadh, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Hider Rony.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilruwan Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Afghan (captain), Mohammed Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Hasmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Munir Ahmed, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammed Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadan Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Aftab Alam, Yasmin Ahmedzai, Sayed Shirzad.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.

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