Asian Cricket Council is back with Men’s Emerging Teams Cup in 2017 after the successful completion of T20 Asia Cup (Senior) and U19 Asia Cup in 2016. This tournament provides platform for youngsters to showcase their talents and stake a claim in the senior national set up. Malaysia and Hong Kong are all set to debut in Emerging Teams Cup 2017.
Fixtures and Venues:
The second edition of Emerging Teams Asia Cup is set to begin on March 27th in Bangladesh. Total of eight countries will participate in this tournament. Four test playing countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play alongside with associate countries Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The 8 teams are split into 2 groups of 4 teams each. Each team will play the other teams in the group once and the top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the knockouts. Group A comprises India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Malaysia while Group B includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Hong Kong.
The tournament will be held across 4 stadiums, 2 in Chittagong and 2 in Cox’s Bazar. Group A matches will be played in Chittagong while the newly built stadium in Cox’s Bazar will stage the Group B matches. Knock out matches are scheduled at Chittagong. Group Matches & Semi Final Matches will start at 09:00 (BST). Finals on 3rd April will be a Day/Night affair (Start at BST - 14.00) and will be telecasted live.
Emerging Teams Asia Cup – 2013:
India won the inaugural season of Emerging Teams Cup which was held at Singapore in 2013 by defeating their mighty rivals Pakistan. Current Indian batting sensation KL Rahul top scored with an unbeaten 93* in the finals to help India chase the target comprehensively in 33.4 overs. Shaiman Anwar of UAE, who top scored in the tournament with 316 runs from 4 matches and guided his team to semi finals was awarded the player of the series. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kithuruwan Vithanage (Sri Lankans), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Babar Azam (Pakistanis), KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah (Indians), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman (Bangladeshis) are some of the players from Emerging Teams Cup, who have gone on to represent their respective senior national teams.
Players to look out for:
Abhimanyu Easwaran (India):
The 21 year old Bengal opening batsman, has been in sublime form in India’s ODI domestic competition (Vijay Hazare Trophy). He the 2nd top run scorer with 472 runs from 9 matches with 2 centuries. He will be hoping to make his first major breakthrough count.
Babar Hayat (Hong Kong):
Babar Hayat’s last 3 scores in each format are 76 (T20), 86 (List A) and 173 (First Class). He has been in stellar run scoring form and he will be crucial if Hong Kong dreams of going to the next phase of the tournament like how UAE did it last time.
Monimul Haque (Bangladesh):
The 25 year old Bangladeshi top order batsman was considered by senior national selectors as their main number 3 batsmen. He did play 22 Tests but recently dropped from the playing XI due to poor returns. He will be hoping to set it right this time and remind the selectors of his calibre and class.
Baba Aparajith (Captain), Ankush Bains (Vice Captain), A R Eswaran, Prithvi Shaw, Shubham Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Singh, Shivam Chowdhary, R Chahar, Mayank Dagar, Amir Gani, Aswin Crist, K. R. Sashikanth, Nagarkoti, Kanishk Seth.
Mohammad Rizwan (Captain, Wicket Keeper), Haris Sohail (Vice Captain), Imam ul Haq, Jaahid Ali, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Bilal Asif, Osama Mir, Zafar Gohar, Sameen Gul, Ahmed Bashir, Ghulam Mudassar, Ammad Butt, Hammad Azam.
Asitha Fernando, Amila Aponsu, Ron Chandraguptha, Avishka Fernando, Anuk Fernando, Chamika Karunarathne, Duvindu Thilakaratne, Wannidu De Silva, Lahiru Samarakoon, Charith Asalanka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Leo Francisco, Angelo Perera
Mominul Haque (Captain), Nasir Hossain (Vice Captain), Mohammed Saif Hassan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Md Mithun, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nayeem Hasan, Shaif Uddin, Abul Hasan Raju, Abu Hider Rony, Azmir Ahmed, Rahatul Ferdous Javed, Afif Hossain, Salman Hossain, Nasum Ahmed.
Usman Ghani, Younas Ahmadzai, Munir Ahmed, Sharafudin Ashraf, Fazal Niazai, Ihsan Janat, Sami Shinwari, Najib Zadran, Naveen Ul Haq, Farid Ahmed, Shahid Kamal, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Gulbadin Naib, Aftan Alam, Zia Akbar.
Gyanendra Malla (Captain), Sharad Vesawkar (Vice Captain), Binod Bhandari, Sagar Pun, Arif Sheikh, Mahaboob Alam, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Lamichhane, Asif Sheikh, Avinash Karn, Sunil Dhamala, Bhuwan Karki, Sushan Bhari, Dipesh Shrestha, Dilip Nath.
Chris Carter, Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Shahid Wasif, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Waqas Barkat, Kyle Christie, Tanveer Ahmed, Cameron McAulsen, Jhatha Subraymanyan, Wajid Shah, Awais Mohammad
Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor, Virandeep Singh Jagjit Singh, Mohamad Fikri Makram Wan Mohd Rosdi, Aminuddin Ramly, Derek Michael Duraisingam, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Sharif, Mohd Shukri Abdul Rahim, Sivanantha Gopal Krishnan, Mohd Suharril Fetri Shuib, Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak, Muhammad Wafiq Irfan Zarbani, Pavandeep Singh Jagjit Singh, Abdul Rashid Ahad, Muhammad Hafiz Mohd Khair, Mohamad Norwira Zazmie Abdul Halim
Filed March 23rd, 2017