Saturday, 22 September 2018 - 13:13
Asia Cup: Captains unhappy over format


Captains of the teams that have entered the Super Four stages of the Asia Cup have questioned the format of the matches. 

Captains of Bangladesh and Pakistan Mashrafe Mortaza and Sarfraz Ahmed in questioning the scheduling of the ongoing Asia Cup.

On Tuesday, a day before the India-Pakistan clash, Sarfraz had questioned the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for scheduling all of India's matches in Dubai. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be playing their Super Four matches in two cities - Dubai and Abu Dhabi - that are about 140km apart.
“Travelling is an issue. If you travel for an hour-and-a-half during matches, then it’s tough in this weather, Sarfraz had said. "After a day’s play, you play another game. I think it should be even for all the teams whether it’s India or Pakistan. If there are matches in Abu Dhabi, then every team has to play there. I don’t know what the Asian Cricket Council has done about it."

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India is technically the host of the tournament, but the matches are being played in UAE as Pakistan cannot play in India due to political tensions between the two countries. A report in Times of India claimed that the Indian board wanted all of India's matches in Dubai to maximise ticket sales. (News 18)
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