2016 Asia Cup T20 Countdown Thread

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    KARACHI: It has been 346 days since Pakistan and India last squared off on a cricket field.

    But 2016 will provide fans with plenty of opportunities to see the two Asian giants in action in a series of high-profile matches first at the 2016 Asia Cup T20 followed by the World T20's marquee clash in Dharamsala.

    Mirpur, Bangladesh, will witness the first of the epic encounters on February 27 after the 2016 Asia Cup T20 schedule was unveiled by the BCCI.

    The tournament begins on February 24, with its final being played on March 6. The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur will host all the matches.

    It will be the first time teams will vie for the Asian crown in the T20-format.

    India and Pakistan share an even 5-5 record in the tournament, with Shahid Afridi smashing two consecutive sixes off the last over to seal a sensation win in the previous edition.

    After playing India, Pakistan next faces a qualifier on Feb 29, followed by matches on March 2 and 4 against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.

  2. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    Should be a great prep for World T20. Looking forward to it.
  3. Sir John

    Sir John Tracer Bullet

    May 25, 2010
    may be four enconters @chandtara

    heart patient dont watch it
  4. Sir John

    Sir John Tracer Bullet

    May 25, 2010
    oman,UAE,hongkong nd afghan quaifires coming

    i think only afghan can give rest asian gaints fight
  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bangladesh squad for Asia Cup announced

    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday announced a 15-member squad for the 13th Asia Cup starting on 24 February with hosts Bangladesh taking on India at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur.

    The other teams of the Twenty20 format tournament include defending champions Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and a qualifier.

    The qualifier will be determined through a qualifying round (Twenty20 Internationals) scheduled to be played on 19-22 February at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.

    Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and the UAE will vie for the lone spot in the main round along with the four Asian Test nations.

    The Asia Cup will end on 6 March ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in March in India.

    Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Al Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Abu Hider Rony.

  6. Sir John

    Sir John Tracer Bullet

    May 25, 2010
    guys tell your fav team who should qualify

    afghan i said
  7. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Asia Cup T20 qualifiers from Friday

    KARACHI: The qualifying rounds of the Asia Cup T20 will be played in the Bangladesh city of Fatullah from Feb 19 to 22, according to a message received here on Monday.

    Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and the UAE will compete for the lone spot in the main round featuring the four Asian Test-playing nations.

    The main rounds will be played in Mirpur, in the vicinity of Dhaka, from Feb 24 to March 6.

    Pakistan will clash arch-rival India in the showpiece match on Feb 27.

    It will be the 13th edition of the Asia Cup, the fifth to be held in Bangladesh, and the first to be played in T20 format.

    Sri Lanka will be defending their title in the event also featuring Pakistan, India, hosts Bangladesh and a qualifier.

    All matches will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.

    The continental event is also serves as a preparations for Asian teams for the ICC World T20 being held in India from March 8.

    Asia Cup schedule:

    Qualifying round:

    Feb 19: Afghanistan vs UAE, Hong Kong vs Oman

    Feb 20: Afghanistan vs Oman

    Feb 21: Hong Kong vs UAE

    Feb 22: Afghanistan vs Hong Kong, UAE vs Oman

    Main round:

    Feb 24: India vs Bangladesh

    Feb 25: Sri Lanka vs Qualifier

    Feb 26: Bangladesh vs Qualifier

    Feb 27: India vs Pakistan

    Feb 28: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

    Feb 29: Pakistan vs Qualifier

    March 1: India vs Sri Lanka

    March 2: Bangladesh vs Pakistan

    March 3: India vs Qualifier

    March 4: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

    March 6: Final.

    Published in Dawn, February 16th, 2016

  8. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Cricket fans all around the world are gearing up for the mega match of the World T20 between India and Pakistan at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala on March 19. The match is expected to be a cracker of the game, with lots of runs: HPCA chief curator Sunil Chauhan has said the pitch is going to help the batsmen.

    The format of the T20 is such where fans love to witness numerous boundaries, and this is more than expected when the two neighbouring sides meet for their World T20 campaign.

    "For Twenty20s, you know how the wickets are. This one will also be the same; it will be a batsman-friendly wicket. The pitch is such that it will be a high scoring game," HPCA chief curator Sunil Chauhan was quoted as saying by IANS.

    Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are going to be the key batsmen for India, while Pakistan will depend on Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal to score brisk runs. With such batsmen on the forefront of both teams, plenty of runs should be scored. All these cricketers can play a huge role in entertaining fans in Himachal Pradesh on March 19.

    The curator has even assured that the pitch will not change much during the entire length of the match.

    "For 40 overs the wicket will behave the same way. But the outfield will be fast. We are preparing it right now by using sand and organic manure. We will start preparing the pitches on February 24. Currently, we are preparing the outfield. If you see the ground on February 28 or 29, you will see a lush green field unlike now," Chauhan said.

    Though HPCA curators may have already started their preparation for the mega game, which is a positive thing, the match has already come into question. Pakistan has not received green signal from their government to feature in the World T20, and the Himachal Pradesh Ex-Servicemen League wants the BCCI to shift the venue after the Pathankot air base attack earlier in the year.

  9. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011

    Asia Cup 2016: The subcontinent rivalry gets a taste of slam-bang T20 action

    With all eyes on the prestigious ICC World T20 scheduled in March, some of Asia's biggest cricketing giants will gear up for a dress-rehearsal as they renew their subcontinent rivalry in the Asia Cup slated to begin on 24 February in Bangladesh.

    The 13th edition of the tournament - also the fifth to be held in Bangladesh - will be played in the shortest format for the very first time in its 32-year history.

    The tournament will also act a springboard for the Asian giants who will be eager to get their combinations right ahead of the all-important World T20.

    Along with Bangladesh (the hosts) and Sri Lanka (the defending champions), the Asia Cup will also feature arch-rivals India and Pakistan who have not played each other since last year's World Cup.

    The tournament will also feature one ICC Associate Member that will be determined through a qualifying round to be played between Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19-22 February.

    The Lankan brigade, which is currently tied at five Asia Cup titles with India, will have a chance to clinch their record sixth title in this edition. On the other hand, India will also be oozing with confidence following their recent T20 success against Australia and Sri Lanka.

    As the Asian teams gear up to lock horns in the upcoming tournament, here's a look at the brief history of Asia Cup:

    Following the establishment of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) as a measure to promote goodwill between the Asian countries in 1983, the first edition of the Rothmans Asia Cup was held in Sharjah, UAE in 1984.

    The round-robin tournament was contested between India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It was won by India who registered two wins, while Sri Lanka turned out to be the runners-up with one victory. Pakistan went home without winning a single match.

    The second edition of Asia Cup was held in Sri Lanka in 1986. It was also the first multi-national cricket series to be held in the island nation. Following a controversial series against Lanka in 1985, India decided to skip the tournament due to soured cricketing relations with the hosts.

    India's absence paved the way for Bangladesh to feature in the tournament for the very first time. In the final, Sri Lanka got the better of Pakistan to clinch their maiden Asia Cup title.

    Bangladesh got the opportunity to host the third edition of the Asia Cup in 1987. Just like Sri Lanka, it was also the first-time that a multi-national cricket tournament was being held in Bangladesh.

    The final was contested between Sri Lanka and India with the latter claiming a six-wicket victory to win their second Asia Cup title.

    India got its own taste of the Asia Cup when they were selected to host the fourth edition of the tournament in 1990. The event, once again, saw another team pull out due to severed cricket ties with the hosts.

    The Pakistan cricket team decided against traveling to India for the tournament following strained political relations between the two countries. The final was played between India and Sri Lanka where a hat-trick from Kapil Dev led the hosts to their third Asia Cup title.

    After the 1993 edition was cancelled due to the political spat between India and Pakistan, the fifth version of the Asia Cup took the series back to Sharjah, UAE after 11 years. Following the preliminary round, three teams - India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan - found themselves tied on points for the first time in the history off the tournament.

    However, the superior run-rates propelled India and Sri Lanka into the final ahead of Pakistan. The final turned out to be a usual affair for India who defeated the Lankans for the third time in succession. It was also India's fourth Asia Cup title.

    The sixth edition of the tournament was held in Sri Lanka in 1997. Having won the coveted World Cup the previous year, the Lankans were the favourites to win the tournament, being held in their backyard.

    The final turned out to be a nightmare for the Indians as they suffered a crushing eight-wicket loss at the hands of Sri Lanka, who finally managed to win their second title after 11 years.

    Bangladesh was selected to host the Asia Cup for the second time in 2000. The seventh edition of the tournament turned out rather unfortunate for the Indians - who won just a single game and did not qualify for the final for the very first time in the history of the tournament.

    Pakistan, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, were clearly the favourites against Sri Lanka in the final. The Moin Khan-led team came out on top with a 39-run win over the Lankans. After waiting for 16 years, Pakistan deservedly clinched their maiden Asia Cup title.

    The eighth edition of the Asia Cup was delayed by two years and was finally held in Sri Lanka in 2004. The tournament witnessed a complete change in its format with the introduction of three stages - the Group Stage, the round-robin Super Four and the final.

    Apart from the format, the tournament also saw the introduction of other Asian teams like UAE and Hong Kong for the first time.

    Bangladesh had the distinction of reaching the second stage of a major tournament for the first time, but a dismal performance in the Super Four led to their elimination.

    India and Sri Lanka topped the Super Four stage to seal their final berth. The Lankans produced a clinical performance to outwit the Indian team and won the final by 25 runs. It was Sri Lanka's third Asia Cup title - all of them coming at home.

    After the 1993 edition was cancelled, Pakistan finally managed to host the Asia Cup for the first time in 24 years. In Group B, India came out on top and entered the Super Four stage with Pakistan in second place. Sri Lanka and India topped the Super Four stage and sealed their berth for the final.

    Riding on Sanath Jayasuriya's quickfire 125 and Ajantha Mendis' spell of 6/13, Sri Lanka won the final by 100 runs - the biggest margin recorded in any Asia Cup final till date. It was Sri Lanka's fourth Asia Cup title, also their first outside home.

    Sri Lanka hosted the tenth edition of the Asia Cup which featured only the four Test playing Asian nations. All of the seven matches, including the final, were held at one single venue - Dambulla.

    India and Sri Lanka once again found themselves in fray of the Asia Cup title when the two giants topped the group stage and secured their berth for the final. Sri Lanka, for the first time, lost a final at home when India romped to a 81-run win to secure a record fifth Asia Cup title.

    The eleventh edition of the Asia Cup was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2012. The tournament saw a spirited performance from the home team that defeated both India and Sri Lanka to book its place in the final for the first time in the history of the tournament.

    However, the hosts suffered a heart-breaking two-run loss at the hands of Pakistan in the nail-biting final. It was the second Asia Cup title for Pakistan and Misbah-ul-Haq became only the second captain after Moin Khan to win the tournament for his country.

    The twelfth and most-recent edition of the Asia Cup was held in Bangladesh. Since it inception in 1984, the tournament was contested between five teams with Afghanistan becoming the seventh team to feature in Asia Cup.

    The final was contested between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur. The Lankans came out on top in the final and defeated Pakistan by five wickets following the heroics of Lasith Malinga (5/56) and Lahiru Thirimanne (101). The victory also helped Sri Lanka to equal India's five Asia Cup title wins.

  10. Raf Pragmatic

    Raf Pragmatic Banned

    Jan 7, 2013
    Doesn't matter if you play on land, water or sky. The shame is unevitable.
  11. Prince Pathan

    Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

    Aug 31, 2011
    ^^ LOOL

    Imad, Irfan, currently out of form Malik vs The Indian Batting lineup is going to be banter on these pitches. I expect Wahab to get tonked too, Amir record vs India is nothing to brag about either so we can just discard that match and focus on the other two. Australia are beatable
  12. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

    Jul 24, 2012
    Friendly for Indian Batsmen. Ours will make it look like a minefield!​
  13. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    so the mind games have started
  14. Fireworks11

    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

    Sep 22, 2012
    Another World Cup game v India, I think we all know the expected result.
  15. patriot pakistani

    patriot pakistani Youngsta Beauty

    Feb 16, 2016
    hi all im new to this forum . try to remember guys its just a game of cricket we dominated india in the 80s and 90s today they have a stronger batting lineup but we have the superior bowling attack and if we have 4 / 5 games were our batting perform who knows Pakistan zindabad
  16. Raf Pragmatic

    Raf Pragmatic Banned

    Jan 7, 2013
    @Patriot he is your real bro.
  17. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    Ok Chewie WR
  18. Don Quixote

    Don Quixote Whispering Death

    Nov 13, 2015
    I don't care much about this game... I am waiting for the final in Kolkata... #GharMaiGhusKeMarenge :p
  19. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Moderator

    Dec 26, 2011
    But we all know what the end result will be ;)
  20. Prince Pathan

    Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

    Aug 31, 2011
    For anything Asia Cup Related.

    Does anybody know if the Qualifiers will be broadcast on TV?
    Which Channel is broadcasting this tournament?

    Think this year will be an exciting one as there are more teams and a much quicker format.
  21. Mohsin

    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

    Feb 21, 2010
    Qualifiers are going to be boring as anything, easy walkovers for afghanistan. The T20 WC qualifiers are the ones to watch. Wont be surprised if no one shows the tourney in the UK, if they do itll most likely be one of the indian channels (Zee or Star Plus)
  22. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Moderator

    Dec 26, 2011
    Apparently Star Plus will be broadcasting in the UK. I was hoping SKY Sports would cover it.
  23. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Asia Cup T20 2016 Teams and full players list

    The format of the tournament has been changed to 20 overs from 50 for the first time in the history. Past 12 editions were 50-over contests. India are favourites to win the title after coming off from two successive series victories, against Australia (3-0) and Sri Lanka (2-1).

    India and Sri Lanka have won the tournament 5 times each and Pakistan twice. Bangladesh have beaten India and Pakistan in recent home series and they are proving to be a hard nut to crack with their strong pace attack which includes Mustazifur Rahman and openers like Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar.

    Sri Lanka Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Lasith Malinga (Captain), Angelo Mathews (Vice-Captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay

    Bangladesh Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    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

    India Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi

    Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicket-Keeper), Imad Wasim, Anwer Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Aamir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan, Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Khurram Manzoor

    Afghanistan Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (Wicket-Keeper), 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 Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Tanwir Afzal (Captain), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter (Wicket-Keeper), Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan

    Oman Squad Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Sultan Ahmed (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), 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

    United Arab Emirates Squad for Asia Cup 2016
    Amjad Javed (Captain), Mohammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Swapnil Patil (Vice-Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Zaheer Maqsood, Mohammad Naveed, Farhan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Usman, Fahad Tariq, Saqlain Haider
  24. Prince Pathan

    Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

    Aug 31, 2011
    Does anybody know if the qualifiers are on tv?
  25. Prince Pathan

    Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

    Aug 31, 2011
  26. Mohan

    Mohan Formerly 'Captain Clutch'

    Nov 4, 2014
    Afghanistan just lost their first qualifier game to UAE.
  27. iho

    iho Smooth Operator

    Aug 7, 2010
    Shami is out of Asia cup so Indian bowling should be lollypop other than Ashwin
  28. Mohsin

    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

    Feb 21, 2010
    Was not expecting that...it's the UAE's to throw away now
  29. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar Replaces Mohammed Shami for Asia Cup

    The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has named Bhuvneshwar Kumar as a replacement of Mohammed Shami for the forthcoming Asia Cup, starting February 24.

    Shami has been ruled out of the tournament owing to a hamstring injury, which also kept him out of the Australia and Sri Lanka series.

    Bhuvneshwar is making a comeback from a thumb injury, which he sustained in Australia. He, however, is not a part of India’s World T20 squad.

    “The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Asia Cup, 2016. The decision has been taken to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring.”

    “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the replacement,” the Indian Cricket Board has confirmed in the statement.

  30. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bangladesh - not favourites but a real threat at home

    After having a disastrous campaign in 2014 Asia Cup, things have changed drastically in Bangladesh’s favour over the last two years.

    After reaching the finals of the tournament in 2012, Bangladesh had a disastrous outing in 2014 and failed to win even a single match - finishing even below Afghanistan. But then things started taking turn for the better - on home soil.

    The Bengal Tigers have been in stunning form of late in ODIs and have defeated the likes of India, South Africa and Pakistan at home, besides reaching the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup for the first time.

    Their form in T20Is, however, has not been as impressive as they were held to a draw in the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe and beaten easily by South Africa. Now that the Asia Cup is being played as a T20 tournament for the very first time, the hosts need to transform their playing style and emulate their good ODI form in the shortest format of the game.

    The hosts may not be the favourites with the regions powerhouses India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but Bangladesh must still fancy their chances considering they have a young and zealous squad and that they are playing at home. Beating Bangladesh at home has never been easy in the recent past and the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side has sent a clear message by beating top teams over the last 12 months.

    Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and skipper Mortaza stay the core of the team and young players like Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed add further to their tenacious nature.

    Shakib and Mortaza are two of the most experienced players in the squad and they will have to lead the team, handle pressure situations and keep the youngsters motivated that they can beat anyone.

    Imrul Kayes has made a comeback to the squad in place of veteran Tamim Iqbal, who will miss the tournament due to personal reasons. Tamim was Bangladesh's best batsman in the T20Is and his absence will hurt the team. So Soumya Sarkar, along with Kayes, will be expected to give Bangladesh good starts.

    Sabbir Rahman is known to be a T20 specialist batsman and has been the star player for his domestic side, Rajsahi. The 24-year-old was very impressive in the Bangladesh Premier League and would be the player to watch out for.

    Shakib is one of Bangladesh's all-time greatest player and now that Bangladesh have started hitting above their weight by beating big teams frequently, the fans will have high expectations from him. Bangladesh's middle order has been very inconsistent and Shakib will have to bat according to match situations and hold the batting together.

    Mortaza will lead the pace attack, and he will expect good support from youngsters, especially Mustafizur.

    Mustafizur made an impressive ODI debut against India in 2015, hurting the visitors with two five-fors in his team's 2-1 series win. He also became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to break into ICC's ODI Team of the Year and a lot will be expected of him. Taskin is fast and accurate and is considered by many as the future of Bangladesh cricket.

    With Mortaza himself a specialist seamer, it wouldn’t be surprising if Bangladesh go in with three pacers, and they have spin allrounders like Shakib, Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain to fall back on.

    Bangladesh will play India in the opening match of the tournament on February 24 and the local fans would want their team to stage an upset and start their campaign on a high.

  31. London_Lahori

    London_Lahori Tracer Bullet

    Feb 18, 2014
    What channel is showing this in the UK?
  32. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    Dhoni is suffering from a muscle spasm, participation in Asia Cup in doubt.
  33. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Dhoni doubtful for Asia Cup after suffering back injury

    NEW DELHI: Indian skipper MS Dhoni suffered a back spasm Monday during a practice session in a major blow to his team just ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup Twenty20, the national cricket body said.

    Dhoni, 34, sustained the muscle injury in his back during India's first workout in Bangladesh ahead of the 12-day tournament starting Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

    The BCCI named wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel as Dhoni's cover in the 15-member Indian squad for the event.

    Patel, 30, last played for India during the ODI triangular series in Australia in February 2012.

    “Parthiv has been summoned as (a) precautionary measure,” the Indian team's media manager Nishant Arora said, according to the Press Trust of India.

    Dhoni's injury comes as the latest setback for his team after Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the Asia Cup last week since he failed to recover from a hamstring strain.

    The captain's back problem fuelled concerns over a rejig in the batting order, and even more so over his fitness ahead of next month's crucial World Twenty20, with India eyeing a second global title in the format.

  34. salimqane

    salimqane Youngsta Beauty

    Feb 22, 2016
    I am in USA and no Sports channel will broadcast Asia Cup, please let me know if there is any live streaming website who is providing live streaming? Someone tell me https://tune.tv/Asiacup2016 will provide live streaming but its stream isn't available in USA. Please tell me I don't want to miss Pak-Indo match.
  35. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Asia Cup 2016: India clear favorites to beat Pakistan, says Wasim Akram

    New Delhi: Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram on Monday tagged India as clear favorites to beat Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

    The Men in Blue will take on Shahid Afridi's side in the fourth match of the tournament on March 4 in Mirpur.

    For fans of the two teams, this match is nothing less than a final.

    “Yes, that'll be a good game to look forward to and given the way India are playing right now, they're clear favorites,” Akram told the Times of India.

    The former Pakistan skipper also lauded Asian Cricket Council's decision to conduct the tournament in T20 format this year.

    “The Asia Cup, this year, assumes a lot of significance particularly because of the Twenty20 format that it'll be played in. It was a very sensible decision on part of the Asian Cricket Council. Out of the last three World T20 champions, three are participating in this Asia Cup, so that quotient alone adds so much excitement to the tournament. Then, Bangladesh have been an unbeatable side at home.This edition has a lot of potential and will help teams pick their best combinations for World T20,” he further added.

    The two sides have not played since their World Cup duel in 2015, as the proposed bilateral series in December did not materialize.

    After the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan will cross swords in the World T20 in Dharamshala.

  36. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Asia Cup is no longer an inconsequential tournament stuffed into packed calendar

    The Asia Cup used to be an event right? OK, so it was never hugely relevant, but every now and again, when the continent’s top sides got together, it was something worth tuning into.

    It happened irregularly and was always hostage to political tensions, but if for no other reason than that it occasionally provided a platform for an India-Pakistan game, its existence was worth it.

    Coupled with the rise of the subcontinent in the 90s, it felt like the right thing to have: a showpiece event for the game’s dominant forces. So what if it was their fortune to be part of cricket’s only pre-eminent continent?

    A European Cricket Cup, for example, does not sound as enticing.

    It is no longer any such thing.

    Indeed the Asian Cricket Council is pretty much finished, swallowed up whole by the International Cricket Council (ICC), a few officials working out of Dubai as part of the ICC’s regional development arm for Asia.

    That status may change again once the ICC reviews all the constitutional changes that were made in 2014 (of which this was one), but for now, it remains in this reduced form.

    The tournament itself has lost whatever lustre it was once able to summon. When the main round begins on Wednesday, it will be the first time the main tournament will have been played in T20 format.

    Given that it follows, in quick succession, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Big Bash and the Pakistan Super League and is then followed by, first, the World Twenty20 and then the biggest daddy of them all, the Indian Premier League, it is easy to dismiss this as just another product off the T20 conveyor belt. And a less glam, low-end one at that.

    But that is the new raison d’etre of the tournament, that it is formless and is designed specifically to allow Asia’s teams a competitive prep ahead of a major ICC event. So this year it is a T20 event, ahead of the World Twenty20, as it will be in 2020 as well.

    In 2018 and 2022 the event will switch back to its traditional 50-over format, ahead of the 50-over World Cups in those years. It is another point that this information means absolutely nothing. Of all cricket’s events, the Asia Cup is the one with which it pays least to look ahead beyond the current tournament.

    In theory, reducing it to, essentially, a warm-up might actually end up giving it some renewed relevance. Now, for the teams, it is not just a random, inconsequential tournament stuffed into an already packed calendar.

    It is now an opportunity, a last-gasp opportunity for fine-tuning a side before a major ICC event.

    India, of all the sides, probably have the least amount of fine-tuning to do. They have won five of their last six Twenty20 internationals, including an impressive clean sweep in Australia.

    “I would like to give everybody a game as it is important to have a settled team ahead of the World T20,” their captain MS Dhoni said, ahead of his side’s departure for Dhaka.

    “The good thing is we played three games in Australia. Yes, the conditions were very different there and then we played Sri Lanka here. It is a good thing to convert the Asia Cup into a T20 format as it will give us more scope to settle down as a side.”

    They have a few quibbles to resolve but long before March 15, when India open their World Twenty20 campaign, Dhoni knows what his best XI is. And it is a strong one, especially in home conditions.

    Their status as favourites in Dhaka has also to do with the haplessness of their opponents. Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who would usually be expected to provide the main challenge, are unstable currently.

    Pakistan were one of the best sides in the format in its early years, but they have slipped since. More recently that decline has hastened and they will arrive in Dhaka having lost five of their last six T20s and still not fully certain over the composition of their squad, let alone the playing XI.

    Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost seven of their last nine format matches and have yet to shed the impression that they have not recovered from the retirements of men such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

    It is on the batting that the toll has been greatest, but the return of Lasith Malinga and the attack that won them the last World Twenty20 is at least a consolation.

    Instead, it may be time for the hosts Bangladesh to provide the main opposition.

    That will happen if they can transmit their wonderful ODI resurgence last year to the shortest format. There they have lost five from nine, including three losses to Zimbabwe at home.

  37. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Asia Cup T20 fixtures, team breakdowns and everything you need to know

    The 2016 Asia Cup Twenty20 will be held in Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6. It will be the 13th edition of the Asia Cup, the fifth to be held in Bangladesh, and the first to be played using the T20 format.

    Along with hosts Bangladesh and defending champions from the 2014 event Sri Lanka, the tournament will also include India, Pakistan and the UAE, who qualified for the tournament this past week.



    (all matches at 5.30pm UAE time)

    Wednesday, February 24, India v Bangladesh

    Thursday, February 25, Sri Lanka v UAE

    Friday, February 26, Bangladesh v UAE

    Saturday, February 27, India v Pakistan

    Sunday, February 28, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

    Monday, February 29, Pakistan v UAE

    Tuesday, March 1, India v Sri Lanka

    Wednesday, March 2, Bangladesh v Pakistan

    Thursday, March 3, India v UAE

    Friday, March 4, Pakistan v Sri Lanka

    Sunday, March 6, Final

    TV coverage on OSN Sports Cricket HD




    Best performance: 2012 runners up

    Coach: Chandika Hathurusinghe

    New face to watch: Mustafizur Rahman – Hardly a brand new face, but the left arm quick bowler is still only 20. He immediately caught the eye by taking five-wicket hauls in each of his first two one-day internationals last year, and has an economy rate of 5.45 in seven T20 internationals to date. Missed the PSL in Dubai because of injury, but is in the Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup.

    Match-winner: Shakib Al Hasan – He is almost deified in Dhaka. Posters at the national cricket stadium in Mirpur declare him he world’s best all-rounder. He even has a restaurant bearing his name, and containing much memorabilia from his career, in the central district of Banani. His form in the PSL for Karachi Kings was poor, but he remains the home side’s top player.


    Best performance: Five-time winners

    Team director: Ravi Shastri

    New face to watch: Jasprit Bumrah – Fresh faced is accurate. Bumrah was just five years old when Ashish Nehra, his fellow Indian pace-bowler at the Asia Cup, made his debut in the national team. MS Dhoni India’s limited-overs captain, termed the tall seamer with the unorthodox action the “find of the tour” after the recent series in Australia.

    Match-winner: Virat Kohli – The player of the tournament at the World Twenty20 at this same venue two years ago, and obviously a formidable force in all formats. He has a penchant for the spectacular, but his success in the shortest format usually derives from the way he minimises dot balls.


    Best performance: Two-time winners

    Coach: Waqar Younis

    New face to watch: Mohammed Nawaz – Embellished his growing reputation with some eye-catching displays for Quetta Gladiators in the first Pakistan Super League in Dubai. A left arm spinner who bats well in the middle-order, as good a judge as Waqar Younis says he could be Pakistan’s next star allrounder.

    Match-winner: Umar Akmal – One of the brighter performers on the tour of New Zealand for Pakistan, and an outstanding PSL in Dubai and Sharjah. His 335 runs arrived at an average of 83.57 and a strike-rate of 157.27, as he carried an otherwise under-performing Lahore Qalanders side.

    Sri Lanka

    Best performance: Five-time winners

    Coach: Graham Ford

    New face to watch: Dushmantha Chameera – Said to be the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka, the wider cricket public got their first real glimpse of what he is capable of when he played against India in a warm up series last month. His smooth, athletic bowling caught the eye, as did his gymnastic fielding, particularly when taking a diving caught and bowled to dismiss Rohit Sharma in Ranchi.

    Match-winner: Thisara Perera – The big-hitting allrounder has established himself as a T20 gun-for-hire, as evidenced by the fact he has been contracted to five different IPL franchises over the years. He has happy memories of the national stadium in Mirpur, the ground where the Asia Cup will be played. He hit the winning runs - a trademark six - when Sri Lanka won the World T20 there in 2014.


    Best performance: Group stage in 2004 and 2008

    Coach: Aaqib Javed

    New face to watch: Mohammed Usman – One of the newcomers to the national team over the past year tasked with filling the void of the retired pillars of the middle-order. A left-hander with a neat technique rather than a power game, he might benefit from the greater pace on the ball the bowlers from the Test nations will provide.

    Match-winner: Amjad Javed – Despite an exacting work schedule with his day job, and the fact he is nearing his 36th birthday, the new UAE captain is a bundle of infectious energy. He has led the national team’s revival over the past week with the ball, and won the game against Hong Kong by hitting the first ball he faced for a straight six.

  38. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    Right then, PSL is over, time to turn the page. Now Asia Cup is here.

    My one minor grievance is with Mustafizur Rehman who mysteriously got injured after the PSL draft. I hope he gets hit around like a trundler by Indians tmrw.
  39. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    The wait is almost over! Looking forward to Saturday already!
  40. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Moderator

    Dec 26, 2011
    Come on man give Mustafzir some credit. The kid has been TERRIFIC. Some of his deliveries are unplayable.

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