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Emerging Teams Asia Cup begins in Bangladesh on Thursday

The platform to showcase talent for aspiring cricketers is all ready as the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019 begins on November 14 across four venues in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh will be hosting the flagship event for the second time, first since 2017, as the fourth edition of the tournament will feature five Test playing nations alongside three associate members of the ICC. The three associate members - Oman, Hong Kong and Nepal – came through a qualifying event to join the five Test-playing nations - India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. UAE pulled out of the tournament at the last moment and were replaced by Nepal who had finished fourth in the qualifying tournament.

Captains of the participating teams

Defending champions Sri Lanka will take on Oman in the first group A game at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox's Bazar while Pakistan will lock horns against Afghanistan at the main ground of the coastal city, the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium.

In Group B, hosts Bangladesh will face Hong Kong at BKSP-4 Ground while India will play against Nepal at BKSP-3 Ground, both in Savar. All the 50-over matches will begin at 9:00am local time.

Singapore hosted the inaugural edition of the Emerging teams Asia Cup in 2013 where India clinched the title, beating Pakistan by nine wickets in the final. After a break, the tournament resumed again in 2017as Bangladesh hosted the event for the first time. This time Sri Lanka lifted the trophy, condemning Pakistan to their second runners-up finish five-wicket victory.

The third edition of the tournament was hosted jointly by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka winning the title following an intense three-run win over India.

Hosts for the second time, Bangladesh will be eyeing to lift their maiden title this time around after the selectors announced a strong side, led by left-handed batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Opener Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, all-rounder Afif Hossain, leg-spinner Aminul Islam and pacer Abu Hider are also in the Bangladesh team, having just returned from the three-match T20I series in India.

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. The home of Bangladesh cricket will then host the final on November 23.

 

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Filed November 13th, 2019