Defending champions India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19, the day after Team India open their Asia Cup 2018 campaign against a yet-to-be-confirmed qualifier on September 18. Slamming the poor scheduling, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag on Wednesday said India should not play the tournament. Sehwag also said a player needs a minimum of 24-48 hours rest after playing an ODI match.
“The scheduling is mindless,” a senior BCCI official told CricketNext. “There appears to be zero application of mind. How can you accept a scenario where India plays a game today and tomorrow it will face its arch-rival Pakistan who will have a two-day period of rest?
Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on 28 September in Dubai.
Owing to the political turmoil between the two countries, UAE was chosen as the host venue. The Asia Cup 2018 will transpire from September 15-28. While India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the confirmed contestants, UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong will vie for the sixth spot.
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