The Asian nations have a fair idea of they are getting into as six countries gear up in a battle to reign supreme in the largest continent in the world. Defending champions India ride into war without their leader, as the BCCI has rested captain Virat Kohli, It would be Rohit Sharma who takes charge as he leads the Men in Blue along with players such as MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and many more.
The general excitement surrounding three possible Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday with a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash.
While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group league and other at the Super Four stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too.
Here are the Fixtures of the Asia Cup clashes along with the date, timings and venues.
|15.09.2018||Match 1||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Group B||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|16.09.2018||Match 2||Pakistan vs Hong Kong||Group A||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|17.09.2018||Match 3||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||Group B||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||5.00 PM|
|18.09.2018||Match 4||India vs Hong Kong||Group A||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|19.09.2018||Match 5||India vs Pakistan||Group A||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|20.09.2018||Match 6||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan||Group B||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||5.00 PM|
|21.09.2018||Match 7||TBC vs TBC (A1 vs B2)||Super Four||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|21.09.2018||Match 8||TBC vs TBC (B1 vs A 2)||Super Four||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||5.00 PM|
|23.09.2018||Match 9||TBC vs TBC (A1 vs A2)||Super Four||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|23.09.2018||Match 10||TBC vs TBC (B1 vs B2)||Super Four||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||5.00 PM|
|25.09.2018||Match 11||TBC vs TCB (A1 vs B1)||Super Four||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
|26.09.2018||Match 12||TBC vs TBC (A2 vs B2)||Super Four||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||5.00 PM|
|28.09.2018||Match 13||TBC vs TBC||Final||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||5.00 PM|
Here are the squads of each nation playing in the 2018 Asia Cup.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyadh, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Hider Rony.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilruwan Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya.
Afghanistan: Ashgar Afghan (captain), Mohammed Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Hasmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Munir Ahmed, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammed Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadan Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Aftab Alam, Yasmin Ahmedzai, Sayed Shirzad.
Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.