ACC Asia Cup Cricket Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips


ACC Asia Cup Cricket


The ACC Asia Cup is a men's international cricket tournament featuring two formats, One Day Internationals & Twenty20 Internationals. 

The heart and soul of world cricket is widely considered to be in Asia with teams including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Be it their performances on the field or the fanatical support they get in the stands and the TV viewership, the Asian teams stand a notch above the rest of the world.

This flair is what makes the Asia Cup tournament one of the premier cricket tournaments in the world behind the ODI World Cup.

History


Organised by the Asian Cricket Council, the Asia Cup had its roots in 1983 when the council started the tournament as a measure to promote goodwill between the Asian nations.

It was originally scheduled to take place once every two years, although political tensions between India and Pakistan has affected the schedule in the past. The first Asia Cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah and the latest edition in 2018 will be held across venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Boycotts & Cancellations


The tournament’s history has been chequered with instances of boycotts and cancellations. India boycotted the 1986 tournament due to tensions with Sri Lanka, while Pakistan boycotted the 1990-91 tournament because of strained political relations with India.

The 1993 tournament was cancelled because of political tensions between Pakistan and India. The 2018 edition had to be moved out of India to UAE as Pakistan refused to travel to India.

Format


The Asian Cup was initially played in ODI format but in 2015 it was decided that the tournament from 2016 will be played on a rotation basis between ODI and T20I format, based on the format of upcoming world event.

The 2016 edition was the first one to be played in the T20I format to serve as preparation ahead of the ICC World T20 tournament. The 2018 tournament will be played in the ODI format to help teams prepare for the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Teams


The biennial tournament sees the powerhouses India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan as confirmed participants for the tournament. There is one spot up for grabs which will be picked up from the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier to be held in India from 29th August to 6th September.

The teams that will contest the qualifiers will be:

  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates

Groups


The 2018 edition of the ACC Asia Cup will be played from September 15 to September 28 with the six sides divided into two groups. Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the qualifier while Group B will have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 where each qualified team will play all the remaining 3 qualifiers. The top two sides at the end of Super 4 will play the final on September 28.

Champions


India is the most successful team in the tournament having won the title six times including the T20I format in 2016. Sri Lanka comes a close second having pocketed five titles, while Pakistan have won two.

In the 13 times this tournament has been played so far, India and Sri Lanka have contested the finals eight times making them the most prolific nations in the ACC Asia Cup. 

Recent ACC Asia Cup Winners & Runners-Up


Year
Format
Host Nation
Winners
Runners-Up
2018ODIUnited Arab Emirates

2016T20BangladeshIndiaBangladesh
2014ODI
Bangladesh
Sri LankaPakistan
2012ODI
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Bangladesh
2010ODI
Sri Lanka
India
Sri Lanka
2008ODI
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
India
2004ODI
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
India
2000ODI
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
1997ODI
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
India
1995ODI
United Arab Emirates
India
Sri Lanka
1990/91ODI
India
India
Sri Lanka
1988ODI
Bangladesh
India
Sri Lanka
1986ODI
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
1984ODI
United Arab Emirates
India
Sri Lanka

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