The Asia Cup 2016 will kick off its first match on 24th February and the mega event will continue till 6th March. This is the first time Asia cup is being played in the T20 tournament. This is fifth time Bangladesh is going to host the tournament. The defending champions are Sri Lanka who won the Asia cup back in 2014.
The two traditional rival teams Pakistan and India are going to play in the cup without a doubt. One more team along with the host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will enter the competition by winning the qualifying round started today. The first match is being played between Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates.
Hong Kong and Oman are also playing in the tournament qualifying rounds to do something useful and get into the real competition. The great all rounder Muhammad Nabi is back into the Afghanistan side even before the end of PSL.
In the last match he showed some super natural class with the batting when Lahore Qalandars were demolished by his batting. Nabi is playing against UAE, hopefully he might do something worth watching today. Quetta Gladiators will miss Nabi in their all important playoff today.
Muhammad Shazad is another fiery stroke maker for Afghanistan. UAE has been playing in the ICC 50 overs world cup competitions since 1996. Their team is as old as Netherlands and Kenya. They are not a star filled group of cricketers. But some players may surprise the world. Fielding capabilities of UAE are of much lower level than or Afghanistan. This could let them down. However the determined Amjad Javed says that he is a huge fan of Imran Khan and he would like to be like him someday.
Good luck to both teams as the UAE team is batting against the Afghanistan. The run rate is good and they have given a competitive total of 176 to Afghanistan to chase. This will be a very interesting chase for them. Rohan Mustafa made 77 has been the star of UAE innings with a strike rate of 154.00. Rashid Khan took 3 wickets along with Amir Hamza one wicket.We have a lovely game of cricket in our hands, Afghanistan getting ready to bat.