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T20 Cricket 2016 Asia Cup Schedule, Fixtures & Time Table

ICC has decided to make this season’s Asia cup played in T20 format as per Asia Cup 2016 schedule announced. T20 fever is on as Asia Cup returns in an all-new format. Yes, Asia Cup will now be a T20 tournament in which top 5 Asia sides will be seen competing. It will be a series of enthralling cricket matches in which top T20 sides will compete for the title. The tournament will officially start from the 24th of February 2016 and will comprise of a league stage in which all the sides will play against all competing sides and the final will be played on 6th of March 2016. However, there will also be a qualifying round that will precede the main round of the tournament.

Asia Cup 2016 Schedule

Time & Date Match Venue

Feb 19, 2016

15:00 local time | 09:00 GMT
Qualifying Group, 1st Match Afghanistan v United Arab Emirates Fatullah (Outer)

Feb 19, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
Qualifying Group, 2nd Match Hong Kong v Oman Fatullah (Outer)

Feb 20, 2016

15:00 local time | 09:00 GMT
Qualifying Group, 3rd Match Afghanistan v Oman Fatullah (Outer)

Feb 21, 2016

15:00 local time | 09:00 GMT
Qualifying Group, 4th Match Hong Kong v United Arab Emirates Fatullah (Outer)

Feb 22, 2016

15:00 local time | 09:00 GMT
Qualifying Group, 5th Match Afghanistan v Hong Kong Dhaka

Feb 22, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
Qualifying Group, 6th Match Oman v United Arab Emirates Dhaka

Feb 24, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
1st Match India v Bangladesh Dhaka

Feb 25, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
2nd Match Sri Lanka v TBA Dhaka

Feb 26, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
3rd Match Bangladesh v TBA Dhaka

Feb 27, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
4th Match India v Pakistan Dhaka

Feb 28, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
5th Match Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Dhaka

Feb 29, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
6th Match Pakistan v TBA Dhaka

Mar 1, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
7th Match India v Sri Lanka Dhaka

Mar 2, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
8th Match Bangladesh v Pakistan Dhaka

Mar 3, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
9th Match India v TBA Dhaka

Mar 4, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
10th Match Pakistan v Sri Lanka Dhaka

Mar 6, 2016

19:30 local time | 13:30 GMT
Final TBA v TBA Dhaka

Asia Cup T20 schedule 2016 will be played in two rounds primarily. First round will be the qualifying round in which four associate sides will be playing. The qualifying group matches will be played from 19th of February to 22nd of February. All these matches are scheduled at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Outer Stadium in Fatullah except the last two matches of this stage which will be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on the 22nd of February as per Asia cup 2016 schedule announced.

Once the qualifying stage ends, the matches for main group stage of the tournament will commence. 5 teams will be playing in this round and the matches will be played between 24th of February and 4th of March.

The Final of the tournament will be played between the top two sides of the group stage on Sunday, March 6 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Asia Cup 2016 Format

This time around the Asia Cup will be played in a different format and more sides will be competing. Firstly, the tournament is a T20 tournament. Secondly, there will be a qualifying round played before the main round of the tournament. There will be four sides competing in the qualifying round and the winner of that round will join the 4 full-member sides in the main round of the tournament.

The main round will comprise of 5 teams after the joining of the qualifying side. It will be kind of a league stage in which each team will play against other 4 sides. The top two, decided based on win points and NRR, will compete in the Final of the tournament.

Teams Competing In Qualifying Round

There are 4 associate members of ICC which will compete in the qualifying round of the tournament to seal the spot in the main round, the group stage. Below are the four teams which will compete in qualifying round.

  • Afghanistan
  • Hong Kong
  • Oman
  • UAE

Though, all of them are the associate sides but Afghanistan have improved considerably over the years and are the favorites to join the league of the big sides. They have shown their mettle many times on the international scene with some of the most scintillating performances, both with the bat and ball.

Asia Cup 2016 Logo

Asia Cup 2016 Logo

Squads of the participating teams

  • India: MS Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi.
  • Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Immad Wasim, Anwer Ali, Babar Azam, M Nawaz, M Aamir, Iftikhar Ahmed, M Irfan, Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Khurram Manzoor.
  • Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan
  • Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai
  • Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (Captain), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan
  • Oman: Sultan Ahmed (Captain & wicketkeeper), Aamir Kaleem (vice-captain), Aaqib Sulehri, Adnan Ilyas, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Jatinder Singh, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Zeeshan Maqsood, Zeeshan Siddiqui.
  • UAE: Amjad Javed (Captain), Mohammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Swapnil Patil (VC), Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Zaheer Maqsood, Mohammad Naveed, Farhan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Usman, Fahad Tariq, Saqlain Haider

Hong Kong and UAE also have some good players up their ranks and will give tough time to the competing sides. However, Oman is considerably a newer side to play at this level and what they come up with is yet to be seen.

It will be only one team that will qualify for the group stage. So, a fierce competition can be expected.

Teams Competing In Group Stage

The full-member Asian sides will be the part of group stage of Asia Cup 2016 besides the qualifying side from the qualifiers. All the sides are quite competitive and have always given some exciting games to the cricket fanatics, especially in the T20I cricket. Let’s take a look at these teams.

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bangladesh
  • Qualifier From Qualifying Round

Even though the sides are quite competitive, but none of the sides except India have shown good performances in recent T20I games that have been played by them. Indians are playing their best T20 cricket for some time and this certainly makes them the favorite to lift the title this time around. They have played great cricket against Australia and Sri Lanka in their last two series, winning 5 of their 6 matches. MS Dhoni is leading them perfectly and the players are so gelled up that they can ruin even the most dangerous sides on their day. But Asian sides always give the best competition and cricket fans will be able to watch some great cricket for sure.

Pakistanis haven’t really performed well in T20s on the international scene in their most recent series against New Zealand and England. But PSL has certainly proven to be a learning curve for most of their players and they will be expected to give hard time to the opponents. Some new faces will also be seen and Pakistanis are confident to make it to the Final of the tournament.

Sri Lankans have also not performed up to the mark in their recent T20I encounters. Angelo Mathews will be looking to find their perfect XI right from their first match. Even though they have lost at the hands of Indians recently, but the good thing for them is that they will be starting the tournament against the associate team which will qualify for the group stage. So, a weak opponent first up may give them some sort of momentum to move along in the tournament.

Bangladesh also have lots of fire power up their ranks with the likes of players like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. They will play the opening match of the tournament against India which is, indeed, a big challenge for them. However, they are also expected to come up with a great show as they will be playing at their home ground. They haven’t played T20 cricket against any big team in recent past so they may need to put in a bit extra effort to get things started for them in this short tournament where margin for error is very small.

It is certainly going to be an action-packed tournament, so don’t miss even a single ball bowled!

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