The Asia Cup returns for its 15th edition to the United Arab Emirates, where it all began.
30 August 2022, 12:00 AM
30 September 2022, 12:00 AM
Dubai is ready to safely host the 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament, according to the Dubai Sports Council, the body responsible for promoting sports activities across the emirate.
Dubai International Stadium will host the opening match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan this Saturday when the 16-day tournament kicks off, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
As the International Cricket Council’s headquarters, Dubai will host 10 of the 13 Asia Cup fixtures, including the opener between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on Aug. 28.
In the meantime, India and Pakistan are set to lock horns on the second day of the event, August 28, in a Group A match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The last time the two teams met, Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets in Dubai during the 2021 T20 World Cup.
India, Pakistan and a Qualifier form Group A while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are a part of Group B. The group matches will take place from Saturday, August 27 to Friday, September 2. Thereafter, the Super 4 matches will be played from Saturday, September 3 to Friday, September 9, followed by the final on Sunday, September 11.
Dubai will deploy the latest technologies to secure the venue in collaboration with its key partners.
Chairman of the Board of Dubai Sports City Khalid Al-Zarooni said: “This year’s Asia Cup is seen as a precursor to the Twenty20 World Cup for the participating teams, as elite Asian cricket squads converge in Dubai to compete for the coveted trophy, including India, which aims to retain the title.”
According to WAM report, Brig. Rashid Khalifa Al-Falasi, acting assistant commandant for operations affairs in Dubai Police, reaffirmed the readiness of the police to secure the Asia Cup matches.