MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) signed an agreement Friday for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup.
The UAE’s Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development and Emirates Cricket Board chairman Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on behalf of the ECB. On behalf of the BCCI, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary signed the agreement. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was also present.
Sheikh Nahyan said: “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep. This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success."
Choudhary said: “We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team represented by the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event. The tournament will be held from September 15-28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Star India is the official broadcaster of the Asia Cup. As the Asia Cup is a short duration tournament, Star Sports will only be offering English, Hindi and Tamil feeds for the Asia Cup.