ASIA CUP

The ACC Asia Cup is a men’s cricket tournament in which one-day and T20 international matches are played. Founded in 1983, the Asia cup tournament began with the creation of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Its main aim is to encourage goodwill and friendliness between Asian countries. The Asia cup was to be played every two years.

The first season of Asia cup was played in 1984 in Sharjah in the UAE. In 1986, India didn’t participate in the tournament due to cricket tension with Sri Lanka. While Pakistan also boycotted the tournament in 1990–91 due to political tension with India, the 1993 tournament was canceled owing to similar reasons.

In 2016, the T20 matches were played in the Asia Cup for the first time. The top 2 Asia Cup winners are India and Sri Lanka. Indian cricket team has won six titles in ODIs and one in the T20 format. Sri Lanka has won 5 titles. To date, Sri Lanka has played the most number of Asia cups, i.e., 14. India and Pakistan both have played 13 Asia Cups each.

ASIA CUP 2020

Initially, the 2020 Asia Cup, the 15th edition, was scheduled to be held in September 2020 with the T20 International matches to be played in the tournament. However, in July 2020, the council was forced to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the following edition is scheduled for June 2021 in Sri Lanka. Pakistan has been granted the right to host the event in 2022.

RESPONSE TO ASIA CUP

Since its beginning, the Asia Cup has gathered attention and excitement. The main reason is the contest between India and Pakistan, one of the most-watched cricket rivalries between two nations, along with England and Australia. Any match played between India and Pakistan is watched by people of both the countries.

The most runs in Asia cup tournaments have been scored by Sri Lanka’s match-winner, Sanath Jayasuriya. He has made 1220 runs in 25 matches with an average of around 53 runs and a strike rate of about 102. Sanath has scored 6 centuries and 3 fifties. Indian player Sachin Tendulkar has scored 971 runs in 23 matches with an average of 51.10 and the strike rate of 85.47. He has scored 2 centuries and 7 fifties in the tournament. As far as bowlers are concerned, Sri Lanka’s magic spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan has taken 30 wickets in 24 matches.

ACC WOMEN'S ASIA CUP

The ACC Women’s Asia cup’s first edition was played in 2004 in Sri Lanka. Like the men’s tournament, the Women’s Asia cup also features one-day and T20 international matches where the contestants are Women’s cricket teams representing Asia’s cricket-playing nations. Since 2004, it has been played 7 times. India has won the title 6 times and one time, it was won by Bangladesh.