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Asia Cup 2016 to be played in T20 format

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, April 16: Asia Cup 2016 is set to undergo a radical change and will be a Twenty20 competition instead of the 50-over game, outgoing Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief executive Syed Ashraful Haq revealed on Thursday.

Ashraful said the 2016 edition would be held early next year as a prelude to the World Twenty20, which will be held in India from March 11 to April 3, according to an exclusive report

The tourment would then revert to the 50-over format in 2018 ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and be played as a T20 competition again in 2020.

“As there is a World Twenty20 in 2016, the Asia Cup next year will also be of Twenty20 Intertiols in February or March. The host country has not been decided yet. The year 2020 will again see the tourment in T20 format and there will be another 50-over Asia Cup in 2022,” Ashraful said.

Basically, not only will the tourment continue every two years, it would be revamped to include more Associate tions and mirror the World Cup format.

The chief executive suggested the change in format could also see two Associate tions join India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates have Twenty20 status.

“There may be one or two teams from Associate tions as well. They could join India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the main tourment after playing a qualifying round,” Ashraful said.

Bangladesh hosted the previous two Asia Cups in 2012 and 2014. Sri Lanka won the last Asia Cup and have won the competition five times since its inception in 1984. India have won it five times while Pakistan have won it twice.

The ACC is to be wound down by June 30 and its operations absorbed by the Intertiol Cricket Council (ICC), prompting fears that the Asia Cup could be disbanded.

Ashraful confirmed that the ACC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur would close on June 30 and the development work currently done by the organisation would be taken over by the ICC. IANS

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