Asia Cup 2016 January 27, 2016

India-Bangladesh clash to kick off Asia Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

India and Bangladesh will kick off this year's edition of the Asia Cup © AFP

India and Bangladesh will kick-off the main round of the Asia Cup on February 24, but the weekend clashes may garner more attention. India and Pakistan play each other the following Saturday and hosts Bangladesh takes on Sri Lanka, the current title holders, on Sunday. The tournament will be played in Twenty20 format for the first time and all 11 matches including the final will be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

India and Pakistan, who last met on the cricket field at the World Cup in 2015, are now set to play each other twice in three weeks: after their February 27 match in the Asia Cup, they have a World T20 match on March 19. It could be thrice in three weeks if both teams compete against each other in the final of the Asia Cup on March 6.

While the tournament was played in an ODI format, Sri Lanka have been the most prolific team in the tournament's history. They have won 34 of 48 matches played and took the trophy home five times.

Besides the four major nations, Afghanistan, Oman, Hong Kong and UAE will be playing a qualifying tournament that starts on February 19. Each team will play three matches and the one that finishes on top will advance to the main event. In case two teams finish with the same points, their net run rates will be used as tiebreaker.

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  • world on February 1, 2016, 16:55 GMT

    No one wants this tournament what if an injury occurs and main player has to droped for wt20.

  •   Md Tanvir Ahmed on January 31, 2016, 15:23 GMT

    India has the ability to be at 3rd position in Asia cup.

  • Cricinfouser on January 31, 2016, 12:50 GMT

    Bangladesh and Pakistan will thrash India, especially in Bangladesh. If the games will be played in India, it would be different. India has been in good form in the last round against Australia, and although Pakistan is having it touch currently in NZ, the conditions in Bangladesh will be different, where India does not have a good record. I am predicting a SL-PAK final with Bangladesh finishing third. Not sure if India will win at least one match.

  • rimit on January 30, 2016, 18:46 GMT

    @SRI1RAM yeah right, against a third string Australian side and is yet to find their right t20 combination

  • VIJAY on January 30, 2016, 15:39 GMT

    With the recent performance in Aus T20 series, India is clear favourites...they have excellent batting line up down to 9th position, two very good spinners & reasonably good fast bowling unit...other teams lack some of these Final will be India vs Pak...and India will lift the Asia Cup 2016 for record 6th time...BD may occupy 3rd place...competition is between Afghanistan & SL for 4th and 5th position

  • Sri on January 30, 2016, 4:30 GMT

    India has been beating ODI numero-uno team Australia in Auz in T20 series and they did not do so badly in the ODIs either. Each and every ODI game went down to the last over in Australian pitches and both teams were stretched to their limit. Guess who rose in the T20 rankings to number 3 now from 8 ? India is now 1, 2 and 3 in tests, ODI and T20 - and still people here are talking about India not winning Asia cup - bring it on!

  • Akhter on January 29, 2016, 17:34 GMT

    Looks like a India vs Pakistan final, BD also have a very good chance you never know with there bowling attack.

  • Shihab on January 29, 2016, 17:20 GMT

    bangladesh has no chance to win the asia cup this time because its t20

  •   Saddiqullah Safi on January 29, 2016, 14:57 GMT

    Insha allah afghans blue tigers qualifay this asia cup... I am @saddiqullah7522

  • Golam on January 29, 2016, 13:09 GMT

    Against India Mustafizur's bowling Avg : will be 4 - 0 - 24 - 4 / Econ 6,0

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