Asia Cup 2018 would be hosted by the United Arab Emirates that was originally scheduled to be held in India. The tournament is likely to start between September 13 and September 28.

Reportedly, the political tensions between India and Pakistan led to the change in venue.

“ACC (Australia Cricket Council) discussed over the matter and decided that probably this was the best the solution,” ACC chairman and PCB chairman Najam Sethi revealed in an interview.

Moreover, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be co-hosting 2018 Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup in December.

The tournament was earlier scheduled to be held in April. Pakistan would also host the next ACC Annual General meeting slated to be held later this year.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan would be featuring in the Asia Cup 2018.

The team which qualifies the play-off to be played between UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal and Oman would be the sixth team to participate in the Asia Cup.

The ACC Asia Cup is a men’s ODI (One Day International) and T20I (Twenty20 International) cricket tournament which was founded in 1983 to promote goodwill between Asian countries.

India would be the defending champions this season as they had beaten Bangladesh in the final two years ago.