Asia Cup 2013-14 September 14, 2013

Asia Cup set for February 24-March 7

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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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  • on September 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    nepal lets create history

  • 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

  • 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 two.eg. Group A: India, Sri lanka and Nepal, Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan.

  • Desihungama 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".

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • BK07 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • SameenAusie 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.Surosh 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.

  • on September 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    nepal lets create history

  • 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

  • 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 two.eg. Group A: India, Sri lanka and Nepal, Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan.

  • Desihungama 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".

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • BK07 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • SameenAusie 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.Surosh 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.

  • 1458 on September 16, 2013, 3:44 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 two.eg. Group A: India, Sri lanka and Nepal, Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan. So the new teams will get atleast 2 odis to play, Than super 4 in which the team which was in same group will not play again with he same team and the result of first round will be carry forward and than top 2 teams will play in final. So there will be 6 matches in first phase, 4 in next phase and 1 final. Tentatively Schedule: 24th Feb Pakistan vs Afghanistan 25th India vs Nepal, 26 Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 27th India vs Sri Lanka, 28th Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 1st Nepal vs Sri Lanka ,2nd Mar A1 vs B2 ,3 A2 vs B1,4 A1 vs B1,5 A2 vs B2,6 REST DAY,7 Mar Final.

  • huffpost on September 16, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    the afghans need to play in the Asia Cup. Surely they are on the rise and seem to play an attractive brand of cricket. Anyways..i predict an INDO-PAK final..Mark my words...

  • on September 15, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    it's funny to call it asia cup ,this cup is only for these four countries not for asia.why not Afghanistan?that's unfair and we sad news for us Afghan team fans

  • on September 15, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    it should be call a 4 nation cup not Asia cup

  • maheemanga on September 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    How about an Asia Cup T20 comprising 6 teams..it would be a nice preparation for WT20 for the teams.

  • Potohari on September 15, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Afghanistan does have a strong claim to play because they have ODI status for 4 years. But Nepal does not deserve a place there but next team is UAE who are the winners of ICC World Cricket League Division 2 and just a step below Afghanistan.

  • Cricketfan333 on September 15, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Nepal and Afghanistan deserve place in Asia cup but not UAE.How many genuine UAE players are there in their team?! UAE is a united XI of players from Pakistan,India and Sri Lanka.

  • tanstell87 on September 15, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Indian fan here....let Afghanistan also be part of Asia Cup 2014...it will add a new dimension to the tournament...5 teams(India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Afghanistan)...let them play each other once, the top 2 qualify for the final...11(10 league matches + 1 final) matches & we get a Asian Champion.

  • on September 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    ICC please reply to our question. WHY NOT AFGHANISTAN IN ASIA CUP??

  • KenaMara on September 15, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Now, this is ridiculous not to have Afghanistan in Asia cup. I don't understand how on earth they call this as Asia cup? There is a certain need for the tournament to include Afghanistan and vice versa.

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Without Afghanistan I do not think one should call this Asia Cup . It is the responsibilty of the Asian teams to take concrete steps to involve Afghan team in this series. The thing is that, not only Afghan team will push the other theam for thier win,but also Afghan team will add a new color,taste, and market for the ICC in this region. So please ICC, provide such opprtunities to Afghan, if you really are working for the promotion of this game.

    Thanks and looking forward fo a positive reply. Ghamai

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Waiting for this thrilling tournament surely in different ground in this time. Swastika for Bangladesh. Hoping for Afghanistan next time to be included in this distinctive tournament.

  • PeterJerome on September 15, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    The arguments are right. If blooming teams like AFG dont play in an Asia Cup then where?? Come on BCCI do something abt them. Pleading to ICC is pointless. We want to see new rising stars. Support AFG.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Good to see that there will be another Asia Cup in 2014. The 2012 Asia Cup was a memorable 1 when a legendary batsman scored a 100 100, a young Indian batsman scoring a breathtaking 183 in a mammoth chase and underdogs Bangladesh reaching the final only to lose it by 2 runs and probably was the best Asia Cup tournament to date. Good to see Bangladesh are hosts yet again because fans last time out were epic even in games not involving the hosts and this time around hopefully Bangladesh can make its fans smile by lifting it and the tournament could be like a preview for the main even the World T20 very soon after this Asia Cup also held in Bangladesh. Hopefully one day, The Asia Cup could expand to allow 1 or 2 Asian associates compete so that they can develop and gain the experience of what its like to play at the highest level against quality teams.

  • QingdaoXI on September 15, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    We can play with 6 teams atleast in Asia Cup. First divide them into group of two.eg. Group A: India, Sri lanka and Nepal, Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan. So the new teams will get atleast 2 odis to play, Than super 4 in which the team which was in same group will not play again with he same team and the result of first round will be carry forward and than top 2 teams will play in final. So there will be 6 matches in first phase, 4 in next phase and 1 final. Tentatively Schedule: 24th Feb Pakistan vs Afghanistan 25th India vs Nepal, 26 Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 27th India vs Sri Lanka, 28th Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 1st Nepal vs Sri Lanka ,2nd Mar A1 vs B2 ,3 A2 vs B1,4 A1 vs B1,5 A2 vs B2,6 REST DAY,7 Mar Final.

  • khan.stanikzai on September 15, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Afghanistan must be in asia cup with nepal and UAE.with out ,I can't say for this cup the name of asia cup ,becouse these team's play lot of asia cup and fun wan't a new team in asia cup for fantastic cricket game's,

  • TheRisingTeam on September 15, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Lot of people in the comment section are complaining of why teams like Nepal, UAE etc are not in this 'Asia' cup and its totally understandable. But this tournament is suppose to be just a short tournament and adding another team or 2 will just drive it longer and remain uncompetitive. The 2012 edition if you can recall all 4 teams including BD were competitive and made the tournament a success. However, what I feel should be done is that whoever comes last in the group stage of Asia Cup should play a one-off game or 3 match one-day series with Asia's best associate team for future editions. Also besides the tournament, I see no reason why a team like Bangladesh cannot play and invite i.e. Afghanistan for some ODI matches.

  • M.rafi.khan.stanikzai on September 15, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    I agree with some comment's.I think this is not Asia cup,not south Asia cup,this is 4 country cup because in this cup there is not place for other big cricket nation like Afghanistan and also associate team like Nepal and UAE.that four country cricket become boring there is must be place for Afghanistan and other Asia team,

  • on September 15, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    it is not Asia cup it is BIPS (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and srilanka ) cup, because teams like Nepal ,UAE and Afghanistan are not participating in this cup tough they win form those big boys in Emerging cup.

  • on September 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    There must be more cricket playing nations from the Asian Countries in Asia Cup.It must not be restricted to Only nations qualified as Test Nation,Afganisthan ,UAE etc should be included so that their countries also benefit & other countries bench strength can be tested against the minnow & also it will build good relationship between the countries,it will be very good for future of the cricket.

  • Fawad.Surosh on September 15, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I expect Afghanistan to participate in Asia Cup since it is now at the top 2 of the ICC Intercontinental Cup table and top 3 of WCL Championship table (will soon promoted to top 2 after winning both matches vs. Kenya). I think Afghanistan team deserves to participate in and promote Cricket nation.

  • on September 15, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    wow its a good thinking but other asian associates should get a chance like Afghanistan,Nepal,UAE etc.

  • Rafelgibt on September 15, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    We are ready.........Let it be come........

  • on September 15, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    India plays far too many tournaments lately. Almost every two weeks they have a new series to play. I believe by now even the Indian fans might be bored with it. I think the best option for India would be to go ahead and have a complete series vs New Zealand without cutting it short and instead pull out of the Asia cup. This way not only their players will have a chance to rest but also will give their fans a break. As far as the Asia cup is concerned, we could make it a bit more interesting and watchable by including Afghanistan. I am 100% sure that more people through out Asia even India will watch a fixture of Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka with more interest then watching India vs Bangladesh or India vs Sri Lanka. ACC PLEASE NOTE!!! We the fans don't want to see yet another race to the title with the same old boring horses. If you want to keep the game relevant and interesting in our lives then please please please give us something new to watch.

  • on September 15, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Afghanistan deserves a chance in asia cup. What's wrong with ICC? They have done well against test nations, and are doing well against teams in their level regularly. For the development of cricket, give them a chance. Many more people will follow this cup, and it's called asia cup, but only got 4 teams. lol

  • on September 14, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    pakistan to retain the cup.

  • on September 14, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    This tournament lacks context, meaningless rubbish in the calendar! At least Hong Kong is not playing like in they did in 2004, they aren't even village standard!

  • on September 14, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    countries like Nepal, Afghanistan should play in Asia cup otherwise it will be 4 nation tournament, not Asia cup!!!!!!!

  • t20cric on September 14, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I agree with all the comments that there should have been some other teams in the Asia cup. Also wasn't the last Asia cup also in Bangladesh? They could have done this one in Sri Lanka or UAE or any other Asian cricket playing nation. Anyways good luck to Pakistan to win this one and I hope you give some new players a chance and win this one with a bigger margin (not by 2 runs like last time)

  • on September 14, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    That's great news for bd

  • on September 14, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    India are the favorites. !!

  • on September 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    ACC pleasepease please please give Afghanistan a chance .....

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Nepal and Afghanistan must be given a chance. its totally unfair Acc. which helps

  • Captainman on September 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    I think there should be a short qualifying series for the 4th team in the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka came last in 2012 so should be Asia's top associate Afghanistan v Sri Lanka in a one off game. Asia Cup has become competitive now that BD have almost won the last edition and should've won.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Afghanistan should Get a chance to play in Aisha cup they are playing really good

  • Jadejafan on September 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Wasn't there supposed to be some tri series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan during that time? according to FTP.

  • CrICkeeet on September 14, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Afghanistan should get a chance

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    ACC should give chance to Afghanistan bcz the team has the potential to play test nations and they will soon have the fifth full member across asia otherwise the tournament won't be lucrative to develop cricket.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    very nice that we will see another high profile match with india

  • loki897 on September 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Afghanistan ,Nepal, UAE should be in Asia Cup

    Asia Cup Fromat: Group A: India Afghanistan Bangladesh, Some Assoicate! Group B: Pakistan Sri Lanka Nepal UAE

  • Warm_Coffee on September 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Its pretty weird though that there may be a possible triangular series involving 3 of these Asia teams before the Asia Cup. Anyway, Bangladesh are this time going to win it and make it up to the fans and be too strong for the other teams especially against Sri Lanka and Pakistan since their team doesn't have much quality youngsters compared to our Anamul, Gazi, Nasir, Tamim etc.

  • acharyaanurag on September 14, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Again the "Asia Cup" will only have the four test nations. Judging from this article, the Associate and Affiliate nations were not even considered to be included. This is a sad trend for the development of cricket across the globe.

    Surely an 8-team Asia Cup with top 4 non-test nations (Afg, Nepal, UAE and HK) is a better option. Divided into 2 teams, the tournament would be almost the same duration and also provide excellent exposure for the growing teams.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Again best chance for Bangladesh to won 2014 Asia Cup

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  • on September 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Again best chance for Bangladesh to won 2014 Asia Cup

  • acharyaanurag on September 14, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Again the "Asia Cup" will only have the four test nations. Judging from this article, the Associate and Affiliate nations were not even considered to be included. This is a sad trend for the development of cricket across the globe.

    Surely an 8-team Asia Cup with top 4 non-test nations (Afg, Nepal, UAE and HK) is a better option. Divided into 2 teams, the tournament would be almost the same duration and also provide excellent exposure for the growing teams.

  • Warm_Coffee on September 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Its pretty weird though that there may be a possible triangular series involving 3 of these Asia teams before the Asia Cup. Anyway, Bangladesh are this time going to win it and make it up to the fans and be too strong for the other teams especially against Sri Lanka and Pakistan since their team doesn't have much quality youngsters compared to our Anamul, Gazi, Nasir, Tamim etc.

  • loki897 on September 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Afghanistan ,Nepal, UAE should be in Asia Cup

    Asia Cup Fromat: Group A: India Afghanistan Bangladesh, Some Assoicate! Group B: Pakistan Sri Lanka Nepal UAE

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    very nice that we will see another high profile match with india

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    ACC should give chance to Afghanistan bcz the team has the potential to play test nations and they will soon have the fifth full member across asia otherwise the tournament won't be lucrative to develop cricket.

  • CrICkeeet on September 14, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Afghanistan should get a chance

  • Jadejafan on September 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Wasn't there supposed to be some tri series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan during that time? according to FTP.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Afghanistan should Get a chance to play in Aisha cup they are playing really good

  • Captainman on September 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    I think there should be a short qualifying series for the 4th team in the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka came last in 2012 so should be Asia's top associate Afghanistan v Sri Lanka in a one off game. Asia Cup has become competitive now that BD have almost won the last edition and should've won.