The Asia Cup 2022 is all set to run between August 27th and September 11th in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 15th edition of the ACC event will be the second time it will be played in T20 format since it has always been a 50-over tournament.
Here is your answer to why Asia Cup 2022 will be played in T20 format?
The first time Asia Cup was played in the T20 format was in 2016, which was the 13th edition of it. After the Asian Cricket Council was downsized by the International Cricket Council in 2015, it was decided that Asia Cup will be played in T20I and ODI formats on a rotation basis, also considering the format of the forthcoming World Cups.
Consequently, the 2016 edition of the Asia Cup was played in a 20-over format for the first time. It also became the basis of preparation for that year’s T20 World Cup. Similarly, the next edition of the Asia Cup took place in an ODI manner in 2018, allowing teams to practice for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2019.
Since the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is scheduled just after the Asia Cup 2022, the Asian teams are lucky to get a platform, offering them a rehearsal for the ICC event in Australia.
The Asia Cup is the most-hyped and big event after all ICC tournaments. This year’s edition will see Afghanistan and hosts Sri Lanka opening on August 27th at Dubai International Stadium. The next match probably is much-anticipated, following the rivalry of arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
Understand Asia Cup 2022 Group Stage, Super 4, and Qualification for Final
Concerning the major developments from the event, Hong Kong are the sixth and the last team to join already qualified Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan for the main round. They beat UAE in the Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers to qualify for the Group Stage.
The six teams are divided into two groups which place India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong in Group A, whereas the rest are in Group B. The top two teams of each group will head towards the Super 4 round after facing their group mates once in the group stage. After facing each other once in Super 4, the top two will get their seat booked in Asia Cup 2022 final.