Asia Cup 2022: History, winners, schedule, teams, squads, venues, dates, timings

Asia Cup 2022: Here is a look at everything you need to know ahead of the continental tournament which will begin in the UAE on August 27.

India and Pakistan will meet in the Asia Cup for the first time since their group-stage clash in the 2021 T20 World Cup held in UAE.

India and Pakistan will meet in the Asia Cup for the first time since their group-stage clash in the 2021 T20 World Cup held in UAE. | Photo Credit:

Asia Cup 2022: Here is a look at everything you need to know ahead of the continental tournament which will begin in the UAE on August 27.

The Asia Cup 2022 commenced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 27. With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, the tournament will serve as dress rehearsal for Asia’s top cricketing nations.

Sri Lanka won the title on September 11, beating Pakistan by 23 runs in the final.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament:

History of the Asia Cup - winners and hosts

Billed as one of the biggest tournaments in international cricket, the history of the Asia Cup traces back to 1984 when India, under skipper Sunil Gavaskar, won the inaugural edition held in the UAE. The series was played in a round-robin format with Pakistan and Sri Lanka taking part as well.

The tournament has since had 14 editions - the last of them being in 2018 in UAE. India beat Bangladesh by three wickets in the final held in UAE, successfully defending its title.

Most successful team: India is the most successful side in the tournament’s history with seven titles (1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018). Sri Lanka is second on the list with six titles, followed by Pakistan which has won the title twice. Sri Lanka is also the only team to feature in all 15 editions.

Hosts: Bangladesh has hosted the Asia Cup most number of times (five). UAE will play host for the fourth time with the 2022 edition. Meanwhile, India has only hosted the tournament once in 1990-91 when it clinched its third title after beating Sri Lanka in the final in Kolkata.

Asia Cup 2022: Return of the T20 format

The Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the T20 format. This is the second time the tournament will be played in the shortest format. It was last held in the T20 format in Bangladesh in 2016, where India beat the host by eight wickets in the final.

Why was the Asia Cup shifted to UAE from Sri Lanka?

The Asia Cup was moved out of Sri Lanka in late July, owing to the political and economic crisis in the island nation. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board had admitted to logistical difficulties in hosting multiple nations.

What is the format of Asia Cup 2022?

The Asia Cup 2022 will be played in a double round-robin format followed by the final.

Teams and groups for Asia Cup 2022

Six teams will feature in the Asia Cup 2022 tournament from August 27. However, a qualifying tournament is already underway in Oman - the winner of which will join India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the secondary stage of the tournament.

The qualifier will be placed alongside India and Pakistan in Group A. Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Who are playing in the Asia Cup qualifier tournament?

Singapore, UAE, Kuwait and Hong Kong are competing in the Asia Cup qualifier held at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat, Oman. The winner of the round-robin league stage will proceed to Group A of Asia Cup 2022.

How many times will India and Pakistan meet in Asia Cup 2022?

Following their Asia Cup opener on August 28, India and Pakistan will have another meeting in the Super-4 stage, provided there are no upsets from the qualifier in Group A. The top two teams from both groups will face off in the second round-robin stage. An India-Pakistan final is also on the cards if the teams manage to top the Super 4s.

What are the weather conditions like in the UAE?

The Asia Cup will be played under gruelling conditions in the UAE, where the temperatures are likely to hover in the mid-40 degrees Celsius range. Humidity will also be a key factor during the matches, which are set to begin at 7:30PM IST (6PM UAE time).

Form Guide

India: Since its group stage exit from the T20 World Cup held in UAE, India has won 19 of its 24 T20I matches. Sixteen of these wins have come in 2022 - the most for it in any year since 2006. Rohit Sharma’s men head into the Asia Cup with a 4-1 T20 series win in West Indies.

Pakistan: After a superb campaign which led it to the semifinal of the T20 World Cup last year, Pakistan has played little cricket in the format. Babar Azam’s side completed series sweeps against Bangladesh and West Indies in late 2021. However, it suffered defeat against Australia in its only T20I appearance this year ahead of the much-anticipated clash with India on August 28.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s average tournament in the T20 World Cup was followed by a series of poor results in the format. Dasun Shanaka’s men have only won two of the 11 matches since, and one in its six T20Is this year.

Bangladesh: A debacle in the 2021 T20 World Cup and a slew of leadership changes have not helped Bangladesh revive its T20 game. The Asia Cup will see Shakib Al Hasan returning as captain while its head coach Russell Domingo was sacked from his T20 role five days ahead of the tournament. Bangladesh has only two wins in 11 games since the last T20 WC.

Afghanistan: The dark horse of the tournament, Afghanistan comes into the Asia Cup after losing a closely-fought five-match series against Ireland. Mohammad Nabi’s men have won seven of their 10 matches since the T20 World Cup in 2021.

Asia Cup 2022 match dates and timings
August 27: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
August 28:  India vs Pakistan, Dubai - 7:30PM IST
August 30: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan,  Sharjah
August 31: India vs Hong Kong,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 1: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 2: Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Sharjah - 7:30PM IST
September 3: B1 vs B2,  Sharjah - 7:30PM IST
September 4: A1 vs A2,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 6: A1 vs B1,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 7: A2 vs B2,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 8: A1 vs B2,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 9: B1 vs A2,  Dubai- 7:30PM IST
September 11: Final,  Dubai- 7:30PM IST
Asia Cup Squads
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan. Standbys: Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhanushaka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Banuka Rajapaksha, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanidu Hasaranga, Mahesh Theekshana, Jeffery Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrema, Binura Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwanindu Fernando and Kasun Rajitha.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Naim
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran (VC), Afsar Zazai (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Rashid Khan and Samiullah Shinwari. Reserves: Nijat Masoud, Qais Ahmad, and Sharafuddin Ashraf
Hong Kong: Yasim Murtaza, Nizakat Khan(c), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla, Wajid Shah, Aftab Hussain, Dhananjay Rao, Mohammad Waheed, Ahan Trivedi, Ateeq Iqbal
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