Asia Cup scheduled to run from February 24 to March 7

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Pakistan triumphed in last year’s Asia Cup

The Asia Cup has been scheduled to run from February 24 to March 7 in Bangladesh, pending the authorisation of Nimbus, who own the broadcasting rights for the event.

The dates and venues of the tournament will be further discussed at the next Asian Cricket Council meeting in Chennai.

The meeting will be attended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatuga, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed and the Asian Cricket Council chief executive Syed Ashraful Huq.

“India has confirmed those dates. Now we will wait for the broadcaster to confirm they are fine,” an official with inside knowledge told ESPNcricinfo. “Those are the only dates when all the four participating countries are available to play.”

Earlier this year, there were doubts over India’s participation in the tournament due to the fact that it started too soon after the conclusion of their tour of New Zealand.

However, with their tour of New Zealand having been forwarded to January, India will now a prolonged recuperation period from the time their tour of New Zealand concludes to the time the Asia Cup begins.

“The BCCI said because we want to play the Asia Cup, we have cut down on the New Zealand tour,” the official said.

There were also doubts about Nimbus being able to broadcast the event as they recently filed for bankruptcy.

However, the official stated that he was not worried about the company pulling out since they already paid he first installment of the bank guarantee.

“There is no reason why they should not broadcast,” the official added. “We will provide them with a cut-off date, otherwise we will have to approach another broadcaster,” he said.

Dhaka and Fatullah are both highly likely to host some matches, but a decision on whether both venues will be used will be made sometime in the near future.

The tournament was moved to Bangladesh after India noted that they wouldn’t have time to prepare due to a clustered international schedule.

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