All about the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier
Six cricketing nations are set to lock horns in the Asia Cup Qualifier, which will be hosted by Malaysia. The hosts, along with Nepal, Oman, Hong Kong, Singapore, and UAE will fight it out to join India and Pakistan in Group A of 2018 Asia Cup. The ACC has released the fixtures of the tournament, which are to be played in a round-robin format.
Hong Kong and Malaysia begin the affairs
Malaysia will commence the tournament on August 29 against Hong Kong. The tie will be held at the Kinrara Oval. Malaysia's biggest achievement, in cricket, has been playing the semis of the ACC Trophy. They will be eager to battle with the Test playing nations and World Cup winners for the first time. On the other hand, Hong Kong have won ACC Trophy earlier.
Venues and format of the tournament
Three venues, across Malaysia, will be hosting the qualifier matches: Kinrara Oval, Bayuemas Oval, and UKM Oval. The participating teams will get to face each other in a round-robin format. Upon completion of this phase, the top two teams will face-off in the final. The finale will be held on September 6 at the Kinrara Oval.
Here is the schedule of the matches in August
Here is the schedule of the matches for the first two days: August 29- Malaysia vs Hong Kong (Kinrara Oval), Nepal vs Oman (Bayuemas Oval) and UAE vs Singapore (UKM Oval). August 30- UAE vs Nepal (Kinrara Oval), Hong Kong vs Singapore (Bayuemas Oval) and Malaysia vs Oman (UKM Oval). August 31 is a rest day with matches resuming from September 1.
Matches to be held in September
September 1- Oman vs Singapore (Kinrara Oval), Malaysia vs Nepal (Bayuemas Oval), UAE vs Hong Kong (UKM Oval). September 2- Hong Kong vs Oman (Kinrara Oval), Malaysia vs UAE (Bayuemas Oval), Nepal vs Singapore (UKM Oval). September 4- Malaysia vs Singapore (Kinrara Oval), UAE vs Oman (Bayuemas Oval), Nepal vs Hong Kong (UKM Oval). The final match will be played on September 6.