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Asia Cup 2018: Squads & Renewal Of Indo-Pak Rivalry

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| September 14 , 2018 , 19:15 IST

The 14th Asia Cup is all set to begin from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates, with 6 teams participating in the tournament which include the defending champions India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

The six teams are divided into 2 groups where Group A comprises of India, Pakistan and Hong Kong while Group B contains Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

After the six group stage matches where each team has to face its group members once, there will be a round of Super Fours. In this round, the top two teams of each group will qualify and fight for the spot in the finals.

The final match of the tournament will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 28, 2018.

For India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to situations in absence of their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested after a gruelling England tour, which ended with a 1-4 Test series loss.

Team India will begin its campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong, followed by the much-anticipated clash against the arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19.

While Rohit Sharma has been a brilliant white ballplayer, his leadership skills haven't been tested against a quality side.

He led against Sri Lanka last December but it was a below par opposition. In fact, Bangladesh, with its resources, is a better 50-over side currently.

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But the focal point would be how India India play a quality Pakistan side that has a world-class fast bowler in Mohammed Aamir, a solid all-rounder in Hasan Ali, a prolific opener in Fakhar Zaman and talented batsmen such as Babar Azam and Harris Sohail.

India's main aim would be to settle their middle-order combination and also find a perfect batting position for Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the course of the tournament.

The Asia Cup has been a tournament where Bangladesh have done well over the years. During the last edition at home, they were in the final although the event was competed in T20 format.

Take a look at the squads of the every team:

India- Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed.

Pakistan- Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Sri Lanka- Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Dinesh Chandimal.

Bangladesh- Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto.

Afghanistan- Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Wafadar.

Hong Kong- Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.