Asia Cup: India and Pakistan to clash on August 28
The schedule for the 2022 men's Asia Cup, scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been announced. Sri Lanka (host board) will take on Afghanistan in the tournament opener on August 27 in Dubai. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan would lock horns a day later at the same venue. The final will take place on September 11.
The wait is finally over as the battle for Asian supremacy commences on 27th August with the all-important final on 11th September.— Jay Shah (@JayShah) August 2, 2022
The 15th edition of the Asia Cup will serve as ideal preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/QfTskWX6RD
India have a win-loss record of 8-5 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup (ODIs and T20Is). The Men in Blue are unbeaten against them in the last three matches. Pakistan last beat India in the tournament in March 2014.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are the five confirmed teams for the 2022 Asia Cup. Besides, a qualifier between UAE, Kuwait, Singapore, and Hong Kong will decide the sixth team for the tournament. The matches at the Asia Cup will be held in the T20 format. The tournament moved from Sri Lanka to the UAE due to mass civilian protests in SL.
The upcoming Asia Cup will have a group format. India, Pakistan, and a qualifier have been placed in Group A. Meanwhile, Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4 round. Besides, the top two teams from Super 4 would lock horns in the final on September 11.
India are the most successful side in the Asia Cup in terms of titles. They have won the tournament seven times (1984, 1988, 1990/91, 1995, 2010, 2016, and 2018). India were crowned champions of the only Asia Cup edition that was played in T20 format (2016). The Men in Blue led by former Indian captain MS Dhoni were unbeaten in that tournament.