BCCI, Emirates Cricket Board sign agreement for hosting of Asia Cup

The 2018 edition of the Asia Cup was supposed to be hosted by India, but has been shifted to UAE due to the political tension between India and Pakistan.

Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium, which will jointly host the Asia Cup matches with the Dubai Cricket Stadium.   -  AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement on Friday for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, The UAE’s Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development and the Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, signed the agreement on behalf of the two Boards.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep. This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support  to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success."

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Choudhary said, “We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”

The 2018 edition of the Asia Cup was to be hosted by India, but because of the political tension between India and Pakistan, the tournament was shifted to the UAE. The two countries will meet on September 19 in what will be the first clash between the arch-rivals since the final of the Champions Trophy 2017.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team represented by the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event. The tournament will be held from September 15, 2018 to September 28, 2018 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.