After a four-year break, the Asia Cup is about to return. While the competition starts on August 27, India, the incumbent champion, will open their campaign against Pakistan on August 28 in Dubai.
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The intense competition will give the cricket players a chance to practice for the T20 World Cup that will be held in Australia later this year. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board unveiled the renowned Asia Cup trophy on Saturday. The occasion happened in Abu Dhabi.
The Asian Cricket Council, Emirates Cricket, and Sri Lanka Cricket all sent officials to the Abu Dhabi trophy reveal. The Asia Cup was originally slated to take place in Sri Lanka, but the location had to be changed due to the island nation’s political unrest. UAE was subsequently named the tournament’s official host nation.
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The reveal was announced on Saturday via Sri Lanka Cricket’s official Twitter account. His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board unveiled the Asia Cup 2022 trophy in Abu Dhabi, according to the post’s description.
All of the games in the upcoming Asia Cup will be played in three stadiums. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium will host the matches.
The group stage matches are set to begin on August 27 while the Asia Cup qualification stage is planned to begin on Saturday. The opening match of the Asia Cup is set to feature a match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The Dubai International Stadium will host the game.
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The KL Rahul-captained Indian cricket squad will be trying to put on a fantastic performance and successfully defend their title. India, the defending champion, will also be motivated to add one more trophy to their impressive collection.
For the first time since 2016, the competition switches back to the shortest format. The Men in Blue put on an incredible performance in that edition, winning all five games to hoist the trophy five years prior.