Group ‘A’ promises close encounters in Colombo

The ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 – Sri Lanka leg (Group ‘A’) will commence on 7th December, Friday at two venues in Colombo.

The 3rd ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 will be played between eight Asian countries with the five Test nations – Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan fielding their Emerging teams (11 under 23 players and four players aged above 23) along with three associate nations, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman, who will be fielding their national teams.

“This is a golden opportunity for all the players, especially for the Test-playing countries. Despite playing many first-class matches, for them, this will be a different ball game.”Events & Development Manager of ACC, Sultan Rana said at a press briefing on the eve of the Group ‘A’ matches in Colombo.

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Group ‘A’ consist of co-hosts, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan and Oman with their matches to be played at R. Premadasa Stadium and CCC Grounds, while in Group ‘B’, co-hosts, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE and Hong Kong will battle it out in two different venues in Karachi, Pakistan.

The defending champions, Sri Lanka will be led by former U19 captain and batting all-rounder Charith Asalanka. His side consists of seven individuals who have represented the country at the highest level.

With home advantage, he reckons Sri Lanka have a balanced side going into this competition, “In my side, there’s plenty of all-rounders, so that’ll be an added advantage going into this tournament.” He said.

The Indian lineup will have many players who have played the lucrative Indian Premier League and, who have performed at a higher-intensity level of cricket back home. They will be led by off-spinner Jayant Yadav, who has a Test century under his name in four Tests.

“Any tournament is very important when you represent your country. Whatever impact a player can have during this tournament will help them to get into the ideas of the national selectors.” Yadav said ahead of their clash against Afghanistan on Friday.

Oman – one of the three associate nations in the tournament, recently won the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament and will be brimming with confidence as they take on three of the best Emerging Teams in Asia.

“This is a good tournament and a brilliant chance for us to compete against these nations. Definitely, these sorts of tournaments will help us to improve further. “ Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood stated.

Fixtures in Sri Lanka

Fri 7-Dec – Sri Lanka vs Oman at RPICS, Colombo
India vs Afghanistan at CCC, Colombo

Sat 8-Dec – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan at CCC, Colombo
India vs Oman at RPICS, Colombo

Mon 10-Dec – Sri Lanka vs India at RPICS, Colombo
Afghanistan vs Oman at CCC, Colombo

Thu 13-Dec – SF1: B1 v A2 at RPICS, Colombo
SF2: A1 v B2 at CCC, Colombo

Sat 15-Dec – FINAL: SF1 winner v SF2 winner at RPICS, Colombo

Squads

Afghanistan U23 Squad – Najibullah Zadran (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Ibrahim Zadran, Ihsanullah Janat, Ikram Ali Khil, Karim Janat, Nasir Jamal, Qais Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shahidullah Kamal, Wafadar, Zahir Khan, Zia-ur-Rehman, Fazal Haque

Sri Lanka U23 Squad – Charith Asalanka (c), Sammu Ashan, Kamindu Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Hasitha Boyagoda, Nishan Madushka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Ambuldeniya, Nishan Peiris, Shehan Madushanka, Asitha Fernando, Jehan Daniel, Chamika Karunaratne, Sandun Weerakkody

India U23 Squad – Jayant Yadav (c), Ankush Bains, Siddharth Desai, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Himmat Singh, Deepak Hooda, Mayank Markande, Shams Mulani, Prasidh Krishna, Ankit Rajpoot, Nitish Rana, Atit Sheth, Shivam Mavi, PrabhSimran Singh, Atharwa Taide

Oman Squad – Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Twinkal Kumar Bhandari, Bilal Khan, Aqib Ilyas, Nestor Dhamba, Ahmad Fayyaz Butt, Jatinder Singh, Jayesh Odedra, Kaleemullah, Khawar Ali, Ajay Lalcheta, Moonamchery Michal, Mohammad Nadeem, Suraj Kumar, Wasim Ali