Bangladesh will host the thirteenth edition of Asia Cup for the third straight time running in February and March 2016, despite security concern which prompted Australia to cancel a tour, Nazmul Hassan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, said on Thursday (October 29).

At a meeting in Singapore this week, the Asian Cricket Council decided Bangladesh will hold the tournament, which will play in T20 format for the first time. The tournament will take place just before the ICC World T20 in India.

“Pakistan proposed that Bangladesh should host next year’s Asia Cup and everyone agreed,” said Hassan.

The tournament will be comprised of five Asian countries will be played from February 24 to March 11.

Bangladesh as the host nation will qualify for the tournament while India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will get direct entry.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan, Oman, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates will play a qualifying tournament in November in the UAE for the fifth place.

Earlier in the year, Asian Cricket Council’s outgoing President, Syed Ashraful Haq had said that the tournament wished to remodel itself to allow greater participation and reach.

According to Haq, the tournament organizers had mulled the possibility of playing the series in the T20 format every alternate edition. With the World T20 scheduled to begin five days after the Asia Cup, teams will want to use the tournament to fine-tune their preparations for the biennial event.

Bangladesh has also hosted the last two editions-2012 and 2014- of the tournament along with 2000 and 1988.

The tournament was first played in 1984 and has since seen India and Sri Lanka win the title, a record five times.

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