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Asia Cup, 2008


Eyes on the Asia Cup

After the disappointment that was Kitply Cup, Bangladesh cricket fans focus their gaze next on the Asia Cup to be held in a few weeks in Pakistan.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group B while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in group A. Non Test playing UAE and Hong Kong fill the third slot in the two groups respectively. The three sides in each group play each other once. The top two teams will qualify for the second phase, where teams will again play each other once. The top two teams qualify for the final.

The tournament, which runs between June 24 and July 6, carries prize money of 200,000 dollars (around 12 million rupees), said Huq.

The first Asia Cup was held in 1984 at Sharjah in the UAE. India have won the event four times, while Sri Lanka have lifted the Cup three times and Pakistan once.


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