Asia Cup 2013-14 September 14, 2013

Asia Cup set for February 24-March 7


The Asia Cup will be held between February 24 and March 7 in Bangladesh, pending confirmation by Nimbus, which owns the broadcasting rights for the event. The dates along with the venues and other details of the tournament were discussed at the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Chennai on Saturday. The meeting was attended by the BCCI president N Srinivasan and representatives from Sri Lanka (Nishanta Ranatuga, Sri Lankan Cricket secretary) and Pakistan (Subhan Ahmed, Pakistan Cricket Board chief operating officer) as well as ACC chief executive Syed Ashraful Huq.

"India has confirmed those dates. Now we will wait for the broadcaster to confirm they are fine," an official privy to the meeting told ESPNcricinfo. "Those are the only dates when all the four participating countries are available to play."

Earlier the participation of India was in doubt, with the Asia Cup beginning too soon after the finish of the 2014 New Zealand tour as per the original schedules. But the BCCI worked out a revised itinerary for the New Zealand tour - five ODIs and two Tests will be played between January 19 and February 18. "The BCCI said because we want to play the Asia Cup, we have cut down on the New Zealand tour," the official said.

The perceived doubts about Nimbus emerge from the company having filed for bankruptcy. However, the official was confident Nimbus would not pull out because the broadcaster had already paid the first installment of the bank guarantee. "There is no reason why they should not broadcast. We will provide them with a cut-off date, otherwise we will have to approach another broadcaster," he said.

Dhaka and Fatullah are likely to host the Asia Cup matches but a final decision on whether the tournament will be played at one or both venues will be taken in the near future. The tournament had been moved to Bangladesh after original hosts India said they were unable to organise the tournament due to a packed international calendar, forcing the ACC to shift the venue at a meeting on April 8 in Kuala Lumpur.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    nepal lets create history

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Afghanistan have ODI status until 2015 ACC should gave them a chance with full member team . In past asia cup they did but last couple years the dont do it any more . Thats way cricket is popular only n south Asia not n European countries

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Without Afghanistan playing i will not watch this tournament because these four teams play this tournament every time and this is not Asia cup this is BIPS cup and we dont want this kind of rournament they have to include Afghanistan and Nepal in this Tournament and We can play with 6 teams atleast in Asia Cup. First divide them into group of Group A: India, Sri lanka and Nepal, Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan.

  • Jawwad on September 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Why Nepal and Afghanistan are not included? Ask India. They barley agreed to the current itinerary. Including these two means extended tournament and possible Indian exit resulting in loss of revenue. Go Figure and tell it to a cricketer. Boy, loved the days when cricket was played because "you wanted to play cricket".

  • Farhan on September 16, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I agree with everyone saying that there should be other teams. Afghanistan and Nepal should have been added, They would have gained valuable experience by playing against other test playing nation. Its a shame that only four teams playing Asia Cup

  • Biwek on September 16, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Why Nepal doesnt deserve¿ On previous edition Asia cup included the top 2 finalist of ACC Ellite Cup but now what happen to that rule. It's unfair. ICC always run through BCCI command, they don't provide enough platform to Emerging Team. BCCI never want to help them. ACC Elite finalist of 2013 are Nepal and UAE so they should also be included. Some afgani fans taking about Nepal standard, look how Nepal dominate them in Emerging Teams Cup. Just it was bad luck of Nepal. Hope ICC and ACC will think about Nepal, UAE, Afghanstan and Hongkong.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    The ICC must put on Afghanistan cricket team in Asia cup and it will be very good that put Afghani team in schedule , because all Afghans want to see their team in Asia cup. Afghanistan is in the heart of Asia and have good cricket team to play Asia cup.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    its true it is not asia cup when Hong Kong partipeate in Asia cup U.A.E can play in asia cup than why don't afghan's , Afghanistan is the batter team than Hong Kong or U.A.E and also has ODI status so with out them is not called ASIA CUP and also its should be batter a T20 Asia Cup orginse because T20 wprl cup also is ready in bangladesh so T20 Asia cup was the batter chance tp prepear for world cup to....

  • Sameen on September 16, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Just 4 teams. Thats too awful. Its asia cup, teams like nepal, afghanistan deserve to be there. If ACC is not able to provide a good platform for emerging team whats its role then! Or is that, the teams like india dare to play against us. Too lame.

  • Fawad on September 16, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Here are lots of talents in Afghan team to be given chance for promotion. The only area where they can be promoted in is to let them play for Asia Cup. In addition here in Afghanistan, Cricket funs are going to be increased and this is what the ICC job should be.

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