Asia Cup 2014

Pakistan to take part in Asia Cup

Mohammad Isam

January 16, 2014

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Isam: SL tour will be important for Asia Cup

The Asian Cricket Council, on Thursday, confirmed Pakistan's participation in this year's Asia Cup in Bangladesh. However, the regional cricket body has said that the participation of all teams is subject to their individual government's decision. Pakistan will now join Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the tournament which will take place between February 25 and March 8.

According to the ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq, Pakistan are "provisionally" scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on February 22, train for the next two days, and then play the tournament opener in Fatullah against Sri Lanka on February 25. Their security representative will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday, as part of the ICC's security meeting on Monday.

Schedule

  • February 25 - Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Fatullah
  • February 26 - Bangladesh v India, Fatullah
  • February 27 - Afghanistan v Pakistan, Fatullah
  • February 28 - India v Sri Lanka, Fatullah
  • March 1 - Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Fatullah
  • March 2 - India v Pakistan, Mirpur
  • March 3 - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
  • March 4 - Bangladesh v Pakistan, Mirpur
  • March 5 - Afghanistan v India, Mirpur
  • March 6 - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
  • March 8 - Final, Mirpur

"Obviously every country's participation is subject to their government's order, more so in the subcontinent," Huq said. "Pakistan's security officer will arrive here on January 18 to take part in the ICC's security meeting which will, I am sure, give a clean report as there is no problem at the moment. The two officials of Sri Lanka Cricket are very close to me and they, too, I hope will give a clean report. The Pakistan team is provisionally booked to arrive on February 22 as they want to practice on February 23 and 24."

Even in the event of Pakistan pulling out, Huq said the tournament will go ahead as planned. He did however confirm that he had received assurance from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the political party that is opposing the government for not holding elections under a caretaker government.

"The Asia Cup will go on even if any team decides not to participate in it," Huq said. "Earlier in 1986 in Sri Lanka, India didn't participate while in 1991, Pakistan didn't participate in India.

"I have been informed by BNP's authorised spokesperson that they will support the event. But I can't disclose a name. Those who believe that the Asia Cup will be shifted elsewhere are living in a fool's paradise."


Nasir Hossain is surrounded by team-mates after an impressive catch, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
The 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh drew big crowds © AFP
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Political violence has devastated Bangladesh in the last three months, but it is hoped that there won't be much trouble during the time of the Asia Cup. On Wednesday, BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia did not announce any blockades or strikes for the month. This bodes well for the tournament as normal life has already resumed in many parts of the country, including Dhaka, in the last five days.

The issue with Pakistan's security concern is however related more to a diplomatic conflict, which is not entirely connected to the political impasse of the last three months. However, the BCB has guaranteed to the PCB that they will provide extra security personnel during Pakistan's stay in Bangladesh.

The other major talking point was the use of two venues - Fatullah and Mirpur - at two ends of Dhaka. The first five matches of the tournament will be held in Fatullah, to the south of Dhaka, and the rest, including the final on March 8, will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

The hitch in the schedule is the lack of reserve days. Though it is a predominantly dry season, things could go haywire if rain interrupts, as there is only one rest day ahead of the final.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

It is the first time that Afghanistan will play four matches against full members. I am confident that they will cause one or two upsets. I think the target would be Pakistan and Bangladesh. I hope that Afghanistan proves its potential of being able to become a full member. Good luck my heroes!!!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 20, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

@r0ketman,: We pulled of from the Pakistan tour because there was no security. Even the Governer of Punjab said that he can't promise security before our tour so what we have done was the right thing the do. What Pakistan have done is just to take revenge on us, They had no excuse for not coming here but not only they said that they wanna come, they also asked others to refuse to tour for T20 WC. We didnt do anything like that with them. Pakistan have no done anything for BD cricket and since we refused to tour they have created many trouble, So there is no reason to thank them, They are coming here because they couldn't convince other and dont wanna lose out the profit share. Gets your fact right before you blame us for not touring them and praise someone for being kind when they are trying to back stab us

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 18, 2014, 22:59 GMT) Spot on bro...its money which is replacing emotions and charms of REAL cricekt

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

respect to pakistan , we pulled off but you didnt , you guys stand as a bigger man , thanks to india as well for their support in keeping asia cup in bd (though really hate bcci for their greed as they havent invite bd to play for nearly 10 years ! )

Posted by r0ketman on (January 19, 2014, 0:12 GMT)

@asporag: You are joking, right? "Thanks to India for standing beside us as a true friend of Bangladesh and cricket." Really? Is this why India has never invited BD to play in India? I guess true friends do not invite friends over for cricket matches! As for Pakistan's decision, as BD fans we should appreciate it. We did pull off a tour of Pakistan at the last minute, after officially agreeing to visit them. That was not a "friendly" thing to do on our part, and they could have easily pulled off from this tournament, they have done it before, and it is not the world cup. Let us not look at Cricket with a political sunglass, and call spade a spade. When it comes to cricket, Pakistan has done a lot more for BD than India ever has. India joining Asia cup is not an earth shattering event, inviting BD to play in India would be.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 18, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

This could be the last Asia Cup in which India participates with its 'cousins' from the sub continent. What a dirty proposal put forward by the BCCI, ECB and CA ! That would effectively kill off cricket as we know and love.

Posted by syedmnaqvi on (January 18, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

@class9ryan: If pak dont play Afganistan will miss the best bowling attack.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Pak is the 2nd most successful country in the ODI history and if they come to BD it will be great to see them playing here. Hopefully, this time BD beat all of them not only IND, SL, and AFG but also Pak to win the 1st Asia cup.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 18, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Whatever it is wouldn't mind if Pakistan are there or not, the best thing is Afghan players are exposed to top-class ODI outfits and I want them to get a Test status soon.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

that is very good news for afg team and for all afghanistan to play for the 1st time in asia cup hopelly afg predy well played in this asia cup and beat any team in this cup we done afghanistan sediq from afg kunar

Posted by DD_f0rever on (January 18, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Pak had no other option, I guess. As all other nations had already accepted the invitation to tour BD how come Pak would disagree especially when Pak itself is struggling to convince other nations that it indeed is a safe place to play Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@wasib, Bangladesh friends are upset because of Pakistan Boards continuous propaganda that event need to move out from Bangladesh. We are eagerly waiting for Asia Cup and T20 World Cup and do not expect another asian country back biting another. @Parvaiz Dostiyar, I strongly believe that Afghanistan is going on right track to become another power house of Asian Cricket and proud S. Asia. I have seen many of them playing in BPL T20 and Bangladesh club tournament and they performed very well. Best wishes for Afghanistan in Asia Cup and T20 world cup.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

As i am From Afghanistan And does Strongly support all the Team, but be sure guys this time Afghanistan is out to make some Upsets what are your views about this ? good luck to all the teams, Asia Cup Wait for us We Coming !

Posted by habiba2z on (January 18, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

I think the political situation is fair enough in bangladesh now. All the participating countries but pakistan can visit bangladesh. The scenario with pak is different. Bangla govt has promulgated more than enough hate in the hearts of its populace for pak. So there is a serious threat for pak players to get harmed. Therefore, a common man in pak feels that in order to be on the safer side, pak should withdraw its team from the tournament even if other top teams participate.

Posted by wasaib on (January 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

GR8 to see Pakistanis in Asia cup, i was surprised when am read on this forum as some one (Bangladeshi friend) wrote Pakistan played or not they can host Asia cup. am agree with him they can host asia cup but without pak there will be no charm in ASIA CUP.thats for sue what urs view on it?

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

Bangladesh are more stronger on their home ground then other country.

Posted by ozone8237 on (January 18, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

In one of previous comments in an article of Cricinfo staff, I mentioned why its important not to shift venue from BD to either SL or UAE. First Primarily we represent the Asian Block where we have almost the same cultural heritage. We have almost the same social, political, economical and security situations so we can better judge and evaluate if the atmosphere is suitable for any sporting activity then other nations out of Asian Block. Secondary we the Asian Block and other cricketing nations have to stand together in such critical times and try to help the nation in trouble and not simply leave them and make their lives more miserable. Election times are always full of violence and disturbance in almost all of South East Asia. I am glad they are over Lets concentrate and back to good 'ol cricket guys.. Farhan from Pakistan

Posted by FSL2013 on (January 18, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

As Pakistani fan I would like to see Pakistan winning but Indian team looks strong on the paper (considering their recent form on flat pitches). For Pakistan, if Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan , Junaid khan are available and if Ajmal and Afridi rock , they will be over the moon. There are more than 6 weeks to go , I hope bowlers will gain fitness.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (January 17, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Very happy as a Bangladehi and a BD fan to see other Asian Nations/Asian Cricket Council's support and confidence! Looking forward to some very competitive and fighting matches. Also India will finally play a non-test nation again (can't remember if they ever played Ireland or not), so that will definately be interesting. Gooooooo BD team!!!!!! Like Maxwell and Faulkner proved today, beleif is key!

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

May the best team win! Lets go India!

Posted by Fogu on (January 17, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Let's welcome all teams to BD with the grace and hospitality that Bangladeshi people are famous for. Let's stop making silly comments about politics and degrading comments about each other's country in these posts. Every one is proud of their country and should be respected. I am always grateful for all the support other countries have provided to BD during our young cricket history, especially SL and PK. I do think BD should have visited PK last year but it is water under the bridge at this point. Let's hope for a cracker of a tournament played in a great spirit with BD hoisting the trophy at the end. Go Tigers!

Posted by SHAHUDHA on (January 17, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

welome to asia cup the afghanistan...

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

Afghanistan has got good opportunity to play against best teams in Int. Cricket...Bangladesh will come to know where they stand and have they developed since last Asia cup 2 years back when they played amazing cricket..Obviously India and Sri Lanka are favorites to win Asia Cup this time..

Posted by realfan on (January 17, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

@SLslinga : lanka better than india???? should i bring the stats??? how many times lanka won against india?? lol

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 17, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Farhan Malik keep dreaming...remember last Asia Cup...Kohli made 183* & India chased 330

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 17, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

pakistan will beat india and bangla to show them what we are.....?

Posted by westindiesupporter on (January 17, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Cmon Afghanistan, win the asia cup this time. Bangladesh is also fine for me.

Posted by iRaihan on (January 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

There will be no problem if they do not come.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

Brothers I just want to see cricket happening dosnt whr it takes place!! Yes I agree tht lives of the players cant be put o stakes cuz they r also human being and they also hve to look after thr families!! All the protests and riots shud be kept away and now since Pakistan has agreed to take part in upcoming Asia Cup it has become the responsibility of BCB to provide thm a tight security!! I agree with ADARSH100 tht UAE can b a fantastic venue to host a big tournament like Asia Cup, It had been done in the past in 80s and 90s!! Woooo man Asian Giants r abt to clash once again..

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Very bad to see the comments from BD people on Great Pakistan we will all the time support bcb I dont know what type of some narrow minded people they dont have the cricket spirit!!!

Posted by Fawwad_Siddiqui on (January 17, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Bangladesh should learn from Pakistan here. They refused a committed series at Pakistan, making security the reason. Now, Pakistan could have done the same to them, but they are going ahead to their venues for the tournament. Srilanka earned their respect for always supporting Pakistan, Hope BD does the same in future.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (January 17, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

I am very happy to see Afghanistan in that list. Considering the current situations across Asian countries, the best place to hold Asia Cup is UAE. Best climate in Feb-March, no politics and peaceful too. Even though it is said that UAE is Pakistan's second home, India,Srilanka,Bangladesh and Afghan too have favour. Its the best neutral venue and the crowd support for all the teams are almost alike. Cricket lovers in UAE will surely flow into the stands.It will be exciting to see the flags of both the countries alike when a match goes on. Insha'Allah, next Asia Cup will be in UAE.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 17, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

GRVJPR Isn't there T20 world cup?

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 17, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

In my opinion the Asia Cup is the second biggest ODI trophy after the World Cup (for Asian Teams at least). Its a shame that it has not been given the respect it deserves. Inclusion of Afghanistan is fantastic. And im delighted that Pakistan have confirmed its participation.

I have a better idea for the Asia Cup. I got this idea from Rugby, where nations play each other Home and Away (Rugby Championship AUS,SAF,NZL ARG, Six Nations Rugby).

Each team plays each other twice, one match at home and one Away. The Team that tops the table gets to host the Best of Three Finals. Under this scenario, and current situation, Pakistan would have to host their fixtures in the UAE.

We need more tournaments like the Asia Cup. Why not have a southern hempisphere Tri-Nations Series? We know how good AUS & SAF are and NZL have always been competitive in the shorter format.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (January 17, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Too many ODIs and too little Tests between Asian countries. Would have been ideal to have a Af vs. BD inaugural Test in Dhaka.

Posted by mayankonthemove on (January 17, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Why cant we have a neutral venue like Dubai/ Abu Dhabi for Asia cup? I think they are very good places to play.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@Diganta Sarkar, February-March is spring in Bangladesh. I don't think dew would be a big factor then. It certainly is a factor now, but Asia Cup is still more than a month away.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

As per security concern, Pakistan should support Bangladesh, as because, if Bangladesh can successfully arrange Asia Cup & T20 WC with the little fear of security then Pakistan can raise the voice at international level that if Bangladesh can do then why not Pakistan. Then they can invite the other countries in Pakistan to play cricket at Lahore, Karachi etc. I think this is the chance for Pakistan to get back cricket at their own soil by supporting Bangladesh.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (January 17, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

@wackyplease dont bring politics here also.nobody has blamed pakistan here at any comments.here we all are united with one passion,cricket.there is no pakistan or bengkladesh.its only pakistan cricket team and bengladesh cricket team.nothinh else except cricket has little importance here.we welcome afganisthan and uae should also have given a chance.they are also as good as afganisthan

Posted by sirnayem on (January 17, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

@ Suhag, Pakistan and Sriilanka are are big brother also from the cricketing point of view. And we also welcome our younger brother Afgans! Lets Rock@!!

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

@ Raheel Ansari Pak could be your enemy but they are not the enemy of Bangladesh. Thnx pak for coming. Hope to see IND, SL, PAK, BD, AFG all give a good fight in the asia cup. we want to see a t20 cup with these 5 countreis and UAE, Nepal, and Hongkong too

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (January 17, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

I still don't believe seeing Afghanistan's name in the fixture. Go Boys Glory Afghans ;-)

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

I think the credit should go to Srilankan Board and ACC. These political conflicts always happen during elections and PCB tried to use that an excuse for taking revenge. Anyway hoping to see a good tournament. Favs of the tournament: India,Srilanka but watchout for Bangladesh. They can be as very dangerous at home.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (January 16, 2014, 23:55 GMT)

Feeling sorry for lots of heart broken pakistani fans and at the same time apreciating other pakistani fans who are positive about the tournament! A very big thanks to SLC and its fans and india too! They are the only nation who bever posed any security concerns! Welcome afganistan to play in our cou try! I would like to tell my pakistani brothers that bangladeshi fans never wants to see any of our asian neighbour's cricket team are in trouble! So please stop mixing politics with sports! Because end of the day cricket always wins! For some people who are spreading rumours that we attacked pak embassy that is so not true! We have nothing to do against pakistan its u who passed that controversial bill on your parliament! We certaintly have the rights to punish the traitors among ourselves! So please stay away from this not only pakistan you but the whole world!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

Potential there for a great tournament, you'd even have to fancy Afghanistan to pinch a match or two. You just wonder how great a game cricket could be across Asia, the Sub Continent and the Middle East if only there wasn't all of these security problems... I'm sure we'll see the likes of Nepal and the UAE getting involved down the track a little way.

Posted by Wacky_Cric_Lover on (January 16, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

Pakistan must go. I liked the SL comment that they can not see another no go area in Asia. It is a strong message to a "particular" team (not Pakistan) that this is the way to support cricket in the region. Secondly if Pakistan feels that BD had done bad with them in the past then Pakistan should not reciprocate. In this way BD may realise that they should also help other countries, including Pakistan, when it is about cricket. Also while most of the comments here are against Pakistan, I am, however, focusing on the ones that are welcoming Pakistan. I think even if 1 Bangladeshi fan wants to see Pakistan then Pakistan should go :)

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

One of my concerns about this tournament is the prevalence of dew during end February in this part of the world. If all these matches start at 2:30 and go till 10 then then dew would become the major factor in all matches. Remembering how Kitply Cup was played, I would ask the organizers to start the matches a bit early (12:30 or even 1 pm would be good). I am sure spectators won't mind mellow sunshine in the winter.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

I can assure the other countries people, that Bangladesh is two times safer place then Pakistan.

Posted by azurecharms on (January 16, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

That was a practical decision. Pak should thrash BD and show no mercy! Pakistan as a country is in bad condition and facing innumerable challenges so even BD is smirking and acting larger thann its size, but Pakistan will be soon out of it and they will come back bowed down!

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (January 16, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

Good decision, Bangladesh is just like our second home and playing cricket there is always fun. However, the sentiments of some Pakistanis regarding this decision has been mixed, and rightly so. Not so much for the security reasons, but for making a statement after some anti-Pakistan protests, where are beloved flag was burned along with the run-on to our embassy. I personally don't blame true Bangladeshis for this, because i know this was a political act from a anti-Pakistan government. Best of luck to Bangladesh, and all the participating teams especially Afghanistan, hope they can surprise everyone.

Posted by gham on (January 16, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

This good news but I hope that Pakistan select Younis Khan back in the ODIS because he can still play Odis if there is no Younis in the team then the tournament will be boring.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (January 16, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Pakistan to take part in Asia Cup........ This news excited BD & Afghans most. I hope Pak open their account in league phase. No one to match with LIONS!! Sorry Indian fans!! And big sorry for host. They have to take back seat.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 16, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

The PCB had its hands tied behind their backs, regarding this decision.

If they were to pull out (which they were certainly going to) of the Asia cup on the grounds of security concerns and the T20 WC had been given the clearance to be hosted by Bang, then the PCB would most certainly have to pull out of the T20 WC too and would have lost out on practice in Bang pitches ahead of the WC, plus the revenue of participating in the T20 WC.

However, if the icc decides to pull out of Bang before the Asia cup begins, then Pak team will also be ousted from the Asia cup by the PCB.

Posted by salazar555 on (January 16, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

@mushfique

Why would England want to host an Asian cup that they are not even playing in? England have their own games to play in the summer. If India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan can't find a venue in Asia to play the tournament then there is something wrong.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

I agree with GRVJPR. Perhaps hosting the Asia Cup in ENGLAND would be appropriate preparation. Also, England has a lot of local supporters for ALL ASIAN COUNTRIES...So it would have been a nice change.

Posted by Baundele on (January 16, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Pakistan has actually no other option, ACC and SLC did not find any security concern, India is a political ally of Bangladesh, and Afghanistan is eager to play in a big tournament. Pakistan team has got huge popularity in Bangladesh. And the strike callers in Bangladeshi politics are the least likely to harm any Pakistani player or official. I sincerely welcome them, and want Bangladesh win the Asia cup this time beating Pakistan.

Posted by QTS_ on (January 16, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Just like Bangladesh started playing big teams via the Asia Cup in the 1980's and 1990's, Afghanistan is set to enter the world arena via the Asia Cup in the 2010's. In the 2000's, when Bangladesh became a regular fixture, teams like Hong Kong and UAE were included, but they did not survive. It seems like Afghanistan will break the trend and survive for long in the event. Wonder who is next? Nepal?

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Afghanistan can beat any team we love afghanistan go afghanistan goo

Posted by android_user on (January 16, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

yes pak playing politics? seriously guys? was WI also playing politics to withdraw under 19 team? pak may still travel but what about WI? atleast make sense in comments.

i think SL tour will be key factor for asia cup and wc t20.

and certainly, pcb has agreed after SL has almost agreed to go ahead with tour. many teams will look at it.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 16, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

@pull shot,i almost fell from the chair by laughing after reading ur last comment.u think pak nd ind didnot go through because of bad luck!!!well friend'if u want to go through group stages of a tournament u need quallity.i think u lack the required knowledge.i feel ashamed.

Posted by Shah71 on (January 16, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Who said that why Asia cup 2014 will held in Bangladesh , did they know this is more safe than your country.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

I wonder why Nepal is not in the list as it will certainly give them an international platform for to perform better in future.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 16, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@asporag- You must be eleven. Yes, I am sure you are. Otherwise you may inquire from persons running Bangladesh Cricket who you should Thank to for making sure there would be a Bangladesh Cricket. Helped you get Test Status? Voted Yea in getting you status as opposed to Nay's from countries you just referred to as your friends. Even losing a match in WC? Again, you won't remember if you are only eleven. But That's Okay. Pakistani Fans are not eleven and appreciate good cricket and host wherever they may be.

Posted by lefthandopener on (January 16, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Good news for pak they have great players(although they all are anpadh and gawar) surely they will beat Afghanistan.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 16, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

All madness I would say. What will you gain by playing Asia Cup in bangladesh considering the next world cup. It will be better to prepare some hard bouncy pitches at home and practice there. What we will see with high scoring ODI matches with night dew and toss deciding the winners. Absolutely Rediculous!

Posted by soumyas on (January 16, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

This time Asia cup should happen in srilanka. why every time in Bangladesh ? that too when violence is present in the country ? Or they should conduct in Singapore neutral venue for everyone.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Pakistan is always generous but unfortunately its not the case with its neighbourr,,,

Posted by pull_shot on (January 16, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

@SLslinga same way india and pakistan didn't reach final's because of same bad luck concept

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

@suhag chowhuray , Thanks for good comments about pakistan

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

pakistan beet bd inshalla

Posted by bdsmaruf on (January 16, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

bd is really a fantastic venue for asia cup. all the best

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (January 16, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Can't wait for a Pakistan-Bangladesh game after all they have done in these couple of months.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

I am very glad to know Pakistan inclusion :). Thanks to ICC. Tournament will be very interesting especially Pakistan V India.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 16, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

There has been many comments from Pakistan about their embassy getting attacked in BD which is a complete lie. Some people went there to protest and it stopped there too. PCB has been making these false claim to get Asia Cup away from Bangladesh so they can take revenge of us not touring them. Now that they couldn't get any support from others they backed off. There is no reason to thanks them, Thanks a lot to SL if they didnt support us during this time we would have been in big trouble

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

seriously ... why 2 consecutive asia cups in bangladesh .. why not any of the other countries. there is no logic in cricket any more.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 16, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

@pullshot,in most of the icc events srilanka did get through the line because of bad luck.they were far stronger than what they have shown in many tounaments fainal.may be nerves did not help them.

Posted by hasib9 on (January 16, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

I think BD win win against IND, AFG, and SL but lose to PAK. BD will still make it to the final. And if PAK doesn't make it to the final, BD will win this tournament. I'm usually pretty good at predicting :) PAK will have to lose to IND and SL, and then hopefully IND loses to SL to make it easier for BD :-) And I like the comment about fool's paradise by the way.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

i dont think pakistan need to participate in asia cup because they have security thread india and bangladesh both are pakistan enemy no need to participate

Posted by pull_shot on (January 16, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

@ SLslinga But how many icc events srilanka won? None except wc1996

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

@wapuser,r u okay man?u think srilanka is far weaker than india and pak.well than ans.how come your team didnt reach any recent icc events like sri?i say sri is far better than ind nd pak.

Posted by part_time_cricketer on (January 16, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

this tournament was better be organized in UAE.

Posted by wapuser on (January 16, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

@slslinga Sorry to say, but you will keep on hoping and it will never happen. Becsuse India and Pakistan are far stronger

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

I am so excited to see Afghanistan for the first time in this competition thanks to Asian Cricket Board. Playing against biggest guns like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will give us a huge experience ahead of upcoming T20 and ODI world cup competitions. Playing Bangladesh will be entertaining as they are hosts and last time they played excellent in this competition.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 16, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Why are two consecutive Asia Cups being hosted in Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Great to see Afghanistan taking part, they could cause an upset if all of their quicks are fit. Bangladesh can beat anyone in ODIs on their day as well. Should be a good tournament.

Posted by asporag on (January 16, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

No need to thank pakistan. they are coming when there is no logical way to withdraw themselves but still they are trying to find out something wrong so that Bangladesh can't be the Asia Cup host.

A big thanks to Sri Lanka. They are really a gentlemen sporting cricket nation as Bangladesh. Thanks to India for standing beside us as a true friend of Bangladesh and cricket.

Good chance for Afghanistan to get valuable experience from the elite teams of Asia.

Last but not least, about Bangladesh, such a cricket lover country is the icon of the rest of the world. Hopefully this time Bangladesh will win the trophy in Dhaka.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

@praspunter,i dont know if u have ever watched asia cup.it is a exciting tournament.hope this time srilanka win's.looking for india to early exit.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 16, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

@praspunter,i dont know which country u from but u cant say asia cup is boring.it is exciting to watch.i really hope srilanka win this.hoping for early exit of india and pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Pakistanis should seriously assess the security situation due to the growing anti pakistani sentiment in Bangladesh as security of their players is paramount. I hope they take a sensible decision and don't take part if the venue of Asia Cup remains Bangladesh and if Bangladesh is still a viable option then what harms teams from playing in Pakistan?? It seriously doesn't gets worse than this.

Posted by reason-galore on (January 16, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

those tri and quad nation series were the glory days... these underwhelming tours or 3-5 odis are so boring... tournaments were so great to watch...

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

yet another Boring ODI series to be played on equally boring flat wickets. Time for mediocre batsmen to inflate their averages ( and by extension their egos ).

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Welcome Afghanistan ... Insha-Allah Bangladesh will win Asia Cup 2014

Posted by android_user on (January 16, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

my prediction india or pakistan will win asia cup.and afgan will lose all their matches by big margin .there will be decider who will finish 3 sl lion or bd tiger. but best of luck to all the team

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

I just love to here this sound form PK as well as from ACC, It's obviously truth that, BD is the best Cricket hosting country rather then others to consider as it's Crowed. We are cricket lover, just love our cricket at the mean time others. that because " Cricket is just Passion game in our country" . Best of luck Bangladesh Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

What's wrong with you @Ali Khan. Can't you mind your business

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

I think Pakistan should pulled out from the tournament as they done the same thing at the last moment the Bangladesh pulled out their team .

Posted by Rabiulhasan on (January 16, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

There is nothing to panic, Pakistan is panicking without any reason to panic. There is nothing to worry in Bangladesh which can interrupt asia cup or any game.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 16, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

It's about time Pakistan and Bangladesh bury the recent political chivalry and get back to their traditional relations they have enjoyed over the years. It's no secret in Pakistan when Bangladesh plays who people support and I hope it will be same in Bangladesh this time. After India, Bangladesh has the most enthusiastic crowds so it's good to see them hosting major world events.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Think if Bangladesh and Afghanistan make it to the final..

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Pakistan is always generous but unfortunately its not the case with its neighbourr

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Poor decision by poor cricket board. Acceptance shows how insecure Pakistan Cricket board is. PCB has no moral or firm stand neither has any love for its players. If Bangladesh can opposed to tour Pakistan for security reason, this time Pakistan has more points to refuse (People attacked Pakistan embassy and burning flags). We should have pride and act like senior member of cricket not an associate member.At the end a BIG Shame!!!!!

Posted by android_user on (January 16, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

best wishes for Afghanistan hope the guys will do well and playing good cricket will be win for us.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

So the Asia Cup (50-50) starts on 25 February and finishes on 8 March.

Then the 2020 World Cup starts on 16 March and ends on 6 April.

And then just two days later, the IPL starts on 8 April and lasts for 52 days till 30 May!!

Woo hoo!

Why don't you lot try fitting in an Asia Cup 2020 tournament too, why stop at the above?

And then we can have add more 2 Test series to the calendar, get back the ICC Champions trophy, and we all can't wait for the Test Championship.

More, more, more, more.

We want more!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

India is looking quite strong to take the cup.

Posted by HADI-NAQVI on (January 16, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Asian Tigers(Pakistan) win Insha Allah!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

being a pakistani i love bangladesh

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 16, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

It's a great news for the fans in BD as well as it'll b a historic event for Afghans to join the elite tournament of Asia. But I don't like the fixture. I thing venues of both cities should b used alternatively rather than playing 5 matches in a row at a single stadium. It may affect the ground condition in 3rd-5th matches of each venue. Both the venues r in 2 neighboring cities, so using the venues alternatively is possible.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

pakistan should play and tell them we r the best good luck pakistan

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Appreciate Pakistan for trusting us. Cricket is always passion game in our country. Best of luck to BD Team and hope this year Cup will be ours.

Posted by PPL11 on (January 16, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Very very good decision because without pakistan participating it would not been interesting watching Asia Cup - Thanks from india

Posted by Tipu061 on (January 16, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Welcome to Bangladesh.Hope it will be a very exciting tournament with five cricket crazy nations.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

welcome to Bangladesh our big bro India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Afganistan,,, you all are most welcome....

Posted by tauhid_aks on (January 16, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Pakistanis finally realised the truth that Bangladesh is much safer than their country. But the real credit goes to Sri Lanka as their selfless support did not give the Pakistanis any excuse to take the tournaments away from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

A big and big thanks to Pakistan.... for trusting us

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Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 8, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 6, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Afghanistan v India at Dhaka - Mar 5, 2014
India won by 8 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 4, 2014
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 3, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 129 runs
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