Asia Cup, 1986
The Asia Cup is an international cricket tournament. It was conceived
in 1983 when the Asian Cricket Council was created as a measure to promote
goodwill between Asian countries. It was originally scheduled to be held
every two years. The first edition was held in 1984 in Sharjah, UAE where
the council's offices were based (until 1995). The International Cricket
Council has ruled that all games played for the Asia Cup have official
one-day international status. Indian cricket team has lifted the Asia
cup four times, the most amongst the competing asian countries.
The ACC have announced that the tournament will be held biennially from
First edition: 1984
The first edition of the Asia Cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah, UAE, the
location of the headquarters of the newly formed Asian Cricket Council.
The first match was Pakistan vs the new ICC member Sri Lanka. Mohsin Khan
faced the first ball of the tournament. The final was played between India
and Pakistan and the cup was lifted by India.
Second edition: 1986
The second edition was held in Sri Lanka, the first multi-national cricket
series to be held there. India had pulled out of the tournament due to
soured relations with Sri Lanka after a controversial series in Sri Lanka
the previous year in which the umpires allegedly made wrong decisions
to favour the home side leading to Sri Lanka winning their first ever
Test match. Sri Lanka lifted the cup beating Pakistan.