Having met in Singapore to discuss over the venue of Asia Cup-2016, the Asian Cricket Council has decided that Bangladesh will host the Asia Cup for the third time in a row. For the first time, the tournament has been reduced to T20 format, keeping in view of the World T20 Tournament which proceeds the Asia cup.
Asia Cup-2016 will be held in Bangladesh from February 24th to March 6th. The teams will gear-up for the World T20 tournament to be held in India, after the conclusion of the Asia Cup-2016.
Speaking after the meeting in Singapore, Bangladesh Cricket Board head Mr Nazmul Hassan told the reporters that the Asian cricket council has unanimously accepted the proposal put forward by Pakistan to declare Bangladesh as the venue for next year’s Asia Cup.
The allocation of the tournament to Bangladesh may boost the country’s cricket, as international cricket teams have been fearing to tour the country. Recently, the Australian cricket team has abandoned a two-match series to be played against Bangladesh due to security concerns. The Australian security officials have warned the Cricket Australia over a possible IS attack in Bangladesh, which led to the cancellation of the tour.
It has to be noted that Australia has been one of the active members of a coalition formed chiefly to fight against the Islamic State in Syria and its neighboring areas. It is the main cause for IS to target Australia and its allies.
Earlier this week, situation in Bangladesh deteriorated, with the murders of a Japanese national and an Italian aid-worker which were claimed by the Islamic groups.
However, Bangladesh denied the presence of IS in its region and assured complete protection to the players touring the country, the Indian Express reported.
The tournament will feature test nations Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Srilanka playing in the top four places, as the remaining associate nations play a qualifying tournament in UAE for the fifth place. The qualifying tournament is scheduled to be held in November.
The tiger nation will host the tournament for the fifth time with the previous tournaments held in the years 2012, 2010, 2000 and 1988.