Asia Cup 2014 April 13, 2013

Bangladesh to host Asia Cup

44

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • FaysalKabir on April 15, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I think its great that Bangladesh will host the next Asia Cup. I don't really care much if the revenues end up going to ACC. I think BCB is rich enough and if the money is used for overall development of cricket then its great. I would love to see some matches in Cox's Bazar. That way we can test out the new venue for the upcoming T20 World Cup and allow people to show one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everyone who has visited Bangladesh has nothing but praises for our hospitality so true to our nature I invite all of you to visit us during the Asia Cup. You are all most welcome.

  • Lakpj on April 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    It will be a good chance to show the rest of the world that how much they had improved. Bangladesh should accept this opportunity hands down even if they have to postpone or shorten some other tournaments.

  • Raihan_Deepu 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.

  • Captainman 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.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan 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.

  • 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!

  • LabluTalukdar 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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 :)

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I want to see afganistan playing in this asia cup..am sure they are so far better than bangladesh..in 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 srilanka..watch out..

  • mrgupta 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?

  • FaysalKabir on April 15, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I think its great that Bangladesh will host the next Asia Cup. I don't really care much if the revenues end up going to ACC. I think BCB is rich enough and if the money is used for overall development of cricket then its great. I would love to see some matches in Cox's Bazar. That way we can test out the new venue for the upcoming T20 World Cup and allow people to show one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everyone who has visited Bangladesh has nothing but praises for our hospitality so true to our nature I invite all of you to visit us during the Asia Cup. You are all most welcome.

  • Lakpj on April 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    It will be a good chance to show the rest of the world that how much they had improved. Bangladesh should accept this opportunity hands down even if they have to postpone or shorten some other tournaments.

  • Raihan_Deepu 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.

  • Captainman 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.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan 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.

  • 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!

  • LabluTalukdar 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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 :)

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I want to see afganistan playing in this asia cup..am sure they are so far better than bangladesh..in 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 srilanka..watch out..

  • mrgupta 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?

  • Baundele 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.

  • on April 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Yes this is the great chance for the Bangladesh. I hope BCB will do that.

  • on April 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh. Bangladesh have ability to become asia cup champion which they show in the last tournament. Better luck next time.

  • lukecannon on April 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    OMG what has happened to mighty INDIA? wow. This news is really eye opening. Cricket in India is declining. I m sure they wont be able to host any tournament with PAK and SL players now.. haha

  • British_North_America on April 14, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Yes, if India does not participate, the triangular series revenue will not go to Bangladesh.Instead, ACC will get the Asia Cup revenue which will be actually a triangular series.When will BCB start acting intelligently?

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 14, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    I want to see the more asian teams play in this, such Afghanistan, UAE, Nepal etc. I did umrah in Saudi Arabia and the kids in the deserts were playing cricket! Cricket is very popular in Asia If more asian teams play in this then the kids can watch their national team and the national players will gain huge amounts of experience.

  • Warm_Coffee on April 13, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Actually Bangladesh are already improving. What kind of minnows doesn't lose by a huge innings in their last 4 test matches especially a gap 12-15 months? and breaking several records such as highest test scores not once but twice, first double centurion etc? and winning several ODI matches against India, Sri Lanka and West Indies?? by the time the next Asia Cup comes, Bangladesh will be too strong for the 3 other teams and more old experience players will be gone :)

  • on April 13, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    I also Agree Mihir_nam. It's no fun with the same 4teams. They should include Afg,Nepal,Singapore,Bhutan,China etc and make a 8team Tournament, with 2 groups.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on April 13, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    "BCCI, on the one hand, keeps telling us that Tests are the pinnacle of the game".. don't think they ever said that.. they take all formats seriously. They are not snobbish!

  • maheemanga on April 13, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Looks like india wont participate asia cup as they will went to NZ. Triagular series will be named as ASIA Cup and ACC will get the revenue heading off BD.....Nice game everywhere

  • Cricket-Critics on April 13, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh. Its time for wining the title for Sakib-Tamim-Musfiq-Ash-Mash-Anamul-Razzak-Rubel. Its ODI and who knows what future hold for the younger braves...tweet to BCB for attaining the chances. I see Bangladesh become the most automatic choice for venue selection whenever any nation decline to arrange any tournament....Well, BCB works nice since last decades - by this way actually they become smarter to gripping the opportunities...LETS ROCK DHAKA ASIA CUP 2014!

  • on April 13, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    oh no , again asia cup on those muddy pitches . . .

  • mihir_nam on April 13, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Scrap this Asia cup ODI and make it t20 involving 8 teams. This useless quadrangular doesn't make sense

  • Nayel_19 on April 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    India can host Champions league but can't host Asia cup...tight schedule...anyways good for BD...

  • AshwinNayak on April 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    So does that mean India will not participate in Asia Cup and will be in New Zealand???

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 13, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Asia cup 2014 could be hosted in the UAE (sharjah/dubai/abudhabi have top class stadiums). And afghanistan should get a chance to participate.

  • sanjoysms on April 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    2012 Asia cup held in Bangladesh gave sub-continent cricket a life. It was a very successful tournament considering the spectator numbers and standards. People enjoy cricket very much in that part of Asia. So, Bangladesh should be a proper choice to host Asia cup again in 2014.

  • British_North_America on April 13, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    This means the try nation series including BD,SL and Pak won't happen.Why BD sacrifice number of ODI games because India has trouble to host Asia Cup? I also heard hosting revenue will got to Asian Cricket Council.So, what's our gain?

  • on April 13, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    So BCCI, on the one hand, keeps telling us that Tests are the pinnacle of the game and that is what Indian cricketers strive and should strive to master. India managed to scrape through in a 3-test series the last time around thanks to Gambhir's once-in-a-blue-moon heroics. These are precisely the conditions that India generally tends to struggle on and therefore, all the more necessary to play more cricket in.

    Reducing the number of test matches in NZ will be a professional, moral, and strategic step backwards for BCCI and India.

  • Captainman on April 13, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Out of the 4 Asian teams, Bangladesh by far have the youngest. Its a good time to win it this time around. If all our players are fit then I think this is Bangladesh's strongest ODI 11 - Tamim, Ash, Anamul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Mashrafe, Razzak and Taskin.

  • on April 13, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    As we have seen, Bangladesh is a formidable team in shorter version of Cricket especially in Bangladesh, so it will be an opportunity to culminate all the effort and lift the trophy this time... Go on TIGERS

  • serious-am-i on April 13, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    I would like to see more Asian teams taking part in the competition. May be Afghan, Nepal too. BD may play good considering it being played at their background. India's team is going to loosely depend on who the players are. BD would def. give it a good fight considering their improvement off-late at least in the home conditions. @Albert_cambell: care to mind your language mister ? If u call India as a minnow, I don't know what we should call your team.

  • Edansad on April 13, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Afgan should get a chance in asia cup perhaps they can beat india as india turns into pussy cat outside home & can beat pakistan also as they r the most unprediectable team in the universe

  • on April 13, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Let's hope Bangladesh takes the title this time .

  • on April 13, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Would be great to see Bangladesh hosting it for the second time in a team.. Could possibly win it this time hands down... Right after we could have the tri series! :D

  • Energetic. on April 13, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Bangladesh will win it for sure. In the last year already beaten India, Sri Lanka and West Indies 6 times :P

  • saifur.raffael on April 13, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee.....yeah i knw that...but it will be good if we also host the asia cup in either of the cities.....Mirpur has already hosted one asia cup....

  • faizan_feroz on April 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    bcb should keep that in mind that the bd fans complain that they dont get enough tests and competitive cricket as compared to another , reducing whatever competitive cricket like that will bring them only cash not opportunities to rise

  • Albert_cambell on April 13, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Flukes wont happen again. It happens only one. As usual they will at the bottom of the table next year. I hope Afghan team gets to play next year. So that they wont be at the bottom of the table. Both minnows india and BD will be eliminated and SL and Pak will play finals. The winner will be tough to predict though. As both these teams are equally good.

  • CrICkeeet on April 13, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    AGAIN? Well, this time i hope AFG, UAE will get chance......

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I am requesting to ACC or ICC to give a chance Afghanistan cricket team in Asia cup,they are progressing day by day.It will better to give a chance for participating in Asia cup.I am from Bangladesh.

  • Warm_Coffee on April 13, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Saifur: Asia Cup can only be held in 1 city of the country.

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    bangladesh will be the next asia cup winner. we all hope that

  • saifur.raffael on April 13, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    If BCB put those asia cup tickets of BD matches on sale right at the moment , I am sure it will go sold out within hour....and i think BCB should give chittagong or sylhet a chance to host the Asia cup matches this time.

  • saifur.raffael on April 13, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    If BCB put those asia cup tickets of BD matches on sale right at the moment , I am sure it will go sold out within hour....and i think BCB should give chittagong or sylhet a chance to host the Asia cup matches this time.

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    bangladesh will be the next asia cup winner. we all hope that

  • Warm_Coffee on April 13, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Saifur: Asia Cup can only be held in 1 city of the country.

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I am requesting to ACC or ICC to give a chance Afghanistan cricket team in Asia cup,they are progressing day by day.It will better to give a chance for participating in Asia cup.I am from Bangladesh.

  • CrICkeeet on April 13, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    AGAIN? Well, this time i hope AFG, UAE will get chance......

  • Albert_cambell on April 13, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Flukes wont happen again. It happens only one. As usual they will at the bottom of the table next year. I hope Afghan team gets to play next year. So that they wont be at the bottom of the table. Both minnows india and BD will be eliminated and SL and Pak will play finals. The winner will be tough to predict though. As both these teams are equally good.

  • faizan_feroz on April 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    bcb should keep that in mind that the bd fans complain that they dont get enough tests and competitive cricket as compared to another , reducing whatever competitive cricket like that will bring them only cash not opportunities to rise

  • saifur.raffael on April 13, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee.....yeah i knw that...but it will be good if we also host the asia cup in either of the cities.....Mirpur has already hosted one asia cup....

  • Energetic. on April 13, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Bangladesh will win it for sure. In the last year already beaten India, Sri Lanka and West Indies 6 times :P

  • on April 13, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Would be great to see Bangladesh hosting it for the second time in a team.. Could possibly win it this time hands down... Right after we could have the tri series! :D