The fourth edition of the eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup will kick off across four venues in Bangladesh from today.
Bangladesh, hosting the fifty-over tournament for the second time after the 2017 edition, will take on Hong Kong at BKSP-3 while India face Nepal at the BKSP-4 in Savar in the Group B matches.
In Group A, defending champion Sri Lanka will lock horns against Oman at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar while Pakistan will square off Afghanistan at the main stadium of the coastal city.
The selectors announced a strong Bangladesh squad with skipper Nazmul Hossain Shanto to lead an outfit including cricketers who have just returned from the T20I tour of India like in opener Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, all-rounder Afif Hossain, leg-spinner Aminul Islam and pacer Abu Hider.
Yet to lift the Emerging Teams Asia Cup title in three attempts, Bangladesh will surely be hoping to clinch the title this time around at home.
The top two teams from each group will battle it out in the semifinals, which will be held on November 20 and 21 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, where the final will also be held on November 23.
India clinched the title in the first edition of the tournament in 2013 and after a break, the tournament resumed again in 2017, when Bangladesh hosted for the first time and Sri Lanka lifted the trophy.
The Lankans retained their title in the next edition last year, beating India in a tight final.