Asia Cup 2014 April 13, 2013

Bangladesh to host Asia Cup


The 2014 Asia Cup will be held in Bangladesh after India, who had originally agreed to play hosts, cited a packed international schedule as the main reason for being unable to organise the tournament. The likely dates for the tournament will be February 24 to March 8. The decision was taken at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) board meeting on April 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where India informed the other ACC members that they were focused instead on finalising the itinerary for the New Zealand tour, scheduled to be held in February-March next year.

It is understood that Bangladesh volunteered to host the Asia Cup and even decided to postpone the scheduled tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which was to be held around the same period. According to an official privy to the minutes of the meeting, the dates could be changed again considering India have been facing "hiccups" in negotiating dates with Cricket New Zealand.

The BCCI has been trying to convince New Zealand Cricket to trim their schedule of the New Zealand tour to two Tests, two ODIs and two T20Is to enable India to participate in the Asia Cup. The ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP) has India scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and a single Twenty20 international.

Hosting the Asia Cup does throw Bangladesh's FTP schedules into disarray. According to the FTP, Bangladesh are set to host Sri Lanka for two Tests and three ODIs from the second week of February. A tri-nation series is also scheduled involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan immediately after, and just before the World Twenty20s begin on March 16.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Raihanul Abedin on April 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Bangladesh should participate in such tournament more instead of playing series against a particular country. I should appreciate that Bangladesh is volunteer to host next Asia Cup. Best wishes for BD cricket team.

  • Chris on April 15, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @Bobo - I agree with you. Not only teams like Afghanistan should be in it but a duty of Bangladesh to assist Afghanistan and play them in one-day matches so that world tournaments will be competitive. I don't understand Bangladesh who complain of lack of Cricket avoid playing teams like Ireland and Afghanistan. I hope they are not afraid of losing which is a real shame if it is.

  • Axe on April 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    This is unfair. You are not inviting Afg, Myanmar and Nepal etc. - Asian Teams and then calling it "Asia Cup" ?

    Current Asia Cup is a Joke. Unless you invite other Asian teams how can it be termed it as Asia Cup ?

    Better Call it "BIPS" Cup. B- BD, I- Ind, P-Pak, S- SL.

    BD has also disappointed us. Teams like Ind, Pak and SL are big ones but at least BD can invite likes of Afghanistan and Nepal at least for 3 match ODI series. But NO. They are not willing to help others.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I don't understand! Asia Cup is really a customary cup and doesn't really represent the whole of Asia so because it is disrupting the schedule next year just scrap it for just this once so India wouldn't reduce their matches in the New Zealand tour and instead keep that original Triangular series of Ban, Pak and Sri and heavily market it or whatever if revenue is badly needed by the Asian Cricket Council. Maybe you could add Afghanistan and make it a Quadrangular series, will be a good experience for them and develop their Cricket plus these triangular/quadrangular series could do good for Cricket rather than same bilateral series over and over again. Its time to shape things up in Cricket and take it to new levels!

  • Md.Lablu on April 15, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Bangladesh is now a big team, some people think Bangladesh still now under dog. I think this is only there immaturity thinking. Bangladesh have ability to become asia cup champion which they show in the last tournament. Recently they have played great tournament in Srilanka. Now every team think Bangladesh is a strong opposition. I think Bangladesh is better from India, Srilanka and Pakistan. Maximum player are still too young so Bangladesh is future king of the world cricket. So make you ready to see rower of Tamim, Sakim, Musfique, Nasir, Mashrafi in next Asia cup.

  • Shoaib on April 15, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @mrgupta: "In which dictionary does 'several' amounts to 1?" If you cared to read even 'properly' :) Bangladesh beat India, Sri Lanka and West Indies 'several' times in the last year so :)

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I want to see afganistan playing in this asia sure they are so far better than coming years they should be competators to ind,sri,pak in asia cup..they have pak bowling quality and hitting...Its red alert time for bangladesh kind of nation..surely afganistan will rock bangladesh and will test india,pak and out..

  • Mradul on April 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee: I do not want to spoil your party but provide a reality check. BD has so far won 3 games against India. First in 2004, then in 2007 and then in 2012. So in last 5 years only 1 ODI victory. In which dictionary does 'several' amounts to 1?

  • Baundule on April 15, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @lakpj, Bangladesh is the current runners up of the Asia Cup, beating both India and Sri Lanka, and losing the final only by 2 runs. I do not see why Bangladesh has anything to prove to the rest of the world in the Asia Cup.