ICC World Twenty20 2016 is set to take place in India next month, but before that, all the Asian teams will battle for the supremacy in the Asia Cup T20 tournament which is scheduled to take place in Bangladesh.
The qualifying round of Asia Cup will be played from February 19 (Friday) while the actual tournament begins on February 24. All matches will be hosted by Bangladesh (qualifiers in Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Outer Stadium, Fatullah and main round in Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur).
The format of the tournament has been changed to 20 overs from 50 for the first time in the history. Past 12 editions were 50-over contests. India are favourites to win the title after coming off from two successive series victories, against Australia (3-0) and Sri Lanka (2-1).
India and Sri Lanka have won the tournament 5 times each and Pakistan twice. Bangladesh have beaten India and Pakistan in recent home series and they are proving to be a hard nut to crack with their strong pace attack which includes Mustazifur Rahman and openers like Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar.
Sri Lanka Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Lasith Malinga (Captain), Angelo Mathews (Vice-Captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay
Bangladesh Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan
India Squad for Asia Cup 2016
MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicket-Keeper), Imad Wasim, Anwer Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Aamir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan, Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Khurram Manzoor
Afghanistan Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (Wicket-Keeper), Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai
Hong Kong Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Tanwir Afzal (Captain), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter (Wicket-Keeper), Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan
Oman Squad Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Sultan Ahmed (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Aamir Kaleem (Vice-Captain), Aaqib Sulehri, Adnan Ilyas, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Jatinder Singh, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Zeeshan Maqsood, Zeeshan Siddiqui
United Arab Emirates Squad for Asia Cup 2016
Amjad Javed (Captain), Mohammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Swapnil Patil (Vice-Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Zaheer Maqsood, Mohammad Naveed, Farhan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Usman, Fahad Tariq, Saqlain Haider