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Asia Cup 2018 Qualifiers: All You Need to Know

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The six-team Asia Cup 2018 qualifiers will commence day’s time in Malaysia, and the winner from this competition will progress to the main event.

UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore will fight for the one spot to join the other five teams at UAE. The tournament will start from August 29 (Wednesday) and will run till September 6 (Thursday).

In the opening day of the tournament, three matches will be played. While hosts UAE will meet Singapore, Nepal will lock horns against Nepal and Malaysia will play against Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the main Asia Cup 2018 will kickstart September 15. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will fight out in the series opener at Dubai International Stadium.

The much-awaited match of the tournament between arch-rivals India and Pakistan will be played on September 19.

Sandeep Lamichhane World XI vs Windies 2018
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Fixtures:

Wed Aug 29 – Malaysia v Hong Kong, Nepal v Oman, UAE v Singapore

Thu Aug 30 – UAE v Nepal, Hong Kong v Singapore, Malaysia v Oman

Sat Sep 1 – UAE v Hong Kong, Oman v Singapore, Malaysia v Nepal

Sun Sep 2 – Hong Kong v Oman, Malaysia v UAE, Nepal v Singapore

Tue Sep 4 – Malaysia v Singapore, UAE v Oman, Nepal v Hong Kong

Thu Sep 6 – Final

Asia Cup 2018

Host: UAE

Fixtures

Sat Sep 15 – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Dubai

Sun Sep 16 – Pakistan v Qualifier, Dubai

Mon Sep 17 – Sri Lanka v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi

Tue Sep 18 – India v Qualifier, Dubai

Wed Sep 19 – India v Pakistan, Dubai

Thu Sep 20 – Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi

Fri Sep 21 – Super Four matches, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Sun Sep 23 – Super Four matches, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Tue Sep 25 – Super Four, Dubai

Wed Sep 26 – Super Four, Abu Dhabi

Fri Sep 28 – final, Dubai

Rohan Mustafa UAE Asia Cup
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Players to watch

Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal)

The leg-spinner has been on the radar since he starred at 2016 Under 19 World Cup age just 15, but this has been a breakthrough year. He has done an excellent job for his national team followed by a swashbuckling debut in the Indian Premier League.

The young Sandeep will look to continue his excellent run and bring more accolades for his country.

Rohan Mustafa (UAE)

Rohan Mustafa has been a significant name in the UAE’s cricket for quite some time now. He will have to lead the team from the front and has the capability to do so.

Most recently, he oversaw the UAE’s most exceptional win to date, when they shocked hosts Zimbabwe in the World Cup Qualifier.

Bilal Khan (Oman)

A highly-skilled left-arm seamer, who has been at the forefront of Oman’s rise to greater prominence – most notably when they reached the World T20 in 2016 at the UAE’s expense.

Their progress might have been checked at the WCL Division 2 in February, but Oman remains a threat. Bilal Khan will look to bring all his experience into the count to take his team in the next stage.

Babar Hayat (Hong Kong)

The loss of their one-day international status, after the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March, belies the fact Hong Kong have produced some talented players of late.

Mark Chapman now plays for New Zealand, Anshy Rath is interesting English county sides, while Hayat is their most explosive batsman. He will have the job to score bulk of the runs for his team in the Asia Cup 2018 qualifiers.

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