Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will face each other in the opening match on September 15 as the schedule of Asia Cup 2018 have been announced on Tuesday, July 24. The six-team tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates.
The teams are divided into two groups. In group A, Afghanistan is paired with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and in group B, the defending champions India is paired with Pakistan and winner of the qualifiers.
India will play their opening match against the qualifier on September 18 before a much-awaiting clash against Arch-rivals Pakistan on very next day.
As per the new guidelines, the tournament will be played in the ODI format with the 50-over World Cup scheduled to be held next year. The previous tournament in Bangladesh in 2016 was played in the T20 format ahead of the T20 WC.
One team that will finish at the bottom of each group will be eliminated while rest of the teams will be playing against each other in the Super 4 stage. The two teams that finish at the top two in Super 4 stage will play in the final on September 28 in Dubai.
The qualifier tournament featuring Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and UAE will be held in India in September, with the winner joining the rest of the five teams in the main draw.
FULL SCHEDULE :
Sep 15 Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh in Dubai
Sep 16 Pakistan vs Qualifier in Dubai
Sep 17 Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi
Sep 18 India vs Qualifier in Dubai
Sep 19 India vs Pakistan in Dubai
Sep 20 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi
Sep 21 Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up in Dubai
Sep 22 Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up in Abu Dhabi
Sep 23 Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up in Dubai
Sep 24 Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up in Abu Dhabi
Sep 25 Group A Winner vs Group B Winner in Dubai
Sep 26 Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up in Abu Dhabi