Officially introduced in 1983 and inaugurated the following year in Sharjah, the Asia Cup cricket tournament has played host to some of the most explosive performances both with bat and ball. From the likes of legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Shoaib Malik to bowling greats including Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shakib Al Hasan, the Asia Cup has been anything but short of thrilling over the decades.
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While there were a few controversies in its early years with India boycotting the tournament in 1986 due to strained cricketing relations with Sri Lanka and Pakistan also boycotting the event in 1990-91 and 1993 owing to its unstable relations with India, the Asia Cup has been one of the most anticipated cricket extravaganzas in the Indian sub-continent.
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Although Asia Cup cricket tournament were held in the One Day International (ODI) format, from 2016, the Asian Cricket Council decided that the Cup will be held in both ODIs and Twenty20 International (T20I) formats. India currently hold the title as the defending champions winning the Asia Cup 2018.
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Highest Number Of Centuries In Asia Cup History
Going all the way back to the 1980s, cricket fans have been treated to some of the most exciting batting performances by their favourite batters. Sri Lanka has been one of the most dangerous sides in terms of individual batting performances with many of its players taking apart the best bowlers in Asia over the years. For those wondering who the top batters in Asia Cup cricket history are, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 players with the most number of centuries in Asia Cup cricket.
|Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)||25||24||1||1220||130||53.04||102.52||6||3|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||24||23||1||1075||121||48.86||84.51||4||8|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||11||10||0||613||183||61.30||97.14||3||1|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||17||15||3||786||143||65.50||90.65||3||3|
|Lahiru Thirimanne (SL)||8||8||0||363||102||45.37||76.10||2||0|
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Asia Cup Cricket 2022 Fixtures
The Asia Cup 2022 cricket team list for India and Pakistan along with the cricket Asia Cup 2022 schedule was recently announced after the tournament was shifted from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates. Here’s a look at the cricket Asia Cup 2022 schedule:
India v Pakistan: 28 August, Dubai
India v Qualifier: 31 August, Dubai
Pakistan v Qualifier: 2 September, Sharjah
Sri Lanka v Afghanistan: 27 August, Dubai
Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 30 August, Sharjah
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1 September, Dubai
B1 v B2: 3 September, Sharjah
A1 v A2: 4 September, Dubai
A1 v B1: 6 September, Dubai
A2 v B2: 7 September, Dubai
A1 v B2: 8 September, Dubai
B1 v A2: 9 September, Dubai
Final: 11 September, Dubai
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