Star Sports releases Asia Cup promo ahead of the mega event
India are currently engaged in an ODI series with West Indies in the Caribbean.
Updated - Jul 22, 2022 7:34 pm
The uncertainty around the upcoming Asia Cup tournament was cleared on Thursday when the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the UAE will host the T20 tournament after original hosts Sri Lanka had to forfeit their plans due to the ongoing crisis in the island nation. Meanwhile, Star Sports India’s official Twitter handle has released an anthem (promo) for the national team participating in the tournament scheduled to commence on August 27.
The defending champions India, are the most successful side in the tournament’s history, with seven titles to their name, while Sri Lanka with five wins in the prestigious tournament are the second-most successful team. In the 2022 edition, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh will be the five full-member teams, and a qualifier will be played ahead of the tournament to decide the final spot between Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, and the UAE.
The Indian team will enter its first major tournament since Rohit Sharma took over the reins from Virat Kohli. The defending champions are one of the heavy favourites for the tournament but will face stiff competition from fierce rivals Pakistan, who have flourished under the leadership of Babar Azam. The tournament’s official broadcasters, Star Sports India’s Twitter handle posted a montage of the Indian team’s success in the competition with an anthem for the Men in Blues.
“The battle for Asian supremacy is . Get set to #BelieveInBlue as
@ImRo45 leads #TeamIndia at the #AsiaCup2022! Starts Aug 27 | Star Sports & Disney+Hotstar,” the Tweet read.
Starts Aug 27 | Star Sports & Disney+Hotstar pic.twitter.com/K2hcfuGeBK
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 22, 2022
Asia Cup has been shifted from Sri Lanka to UAE amidst unrest in the island nation
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly cleared the air around the 2022 Asia Cup by confirming that the tournament has been moved to the UAE after the Sri Lankan board has informed that they won’t be able to host the tournament amidst political and financial turmoil and widespread protests in the country.
Notably, the ICC announced a change in the structure of the tournament and stated that tournaments from 2016 onwards, which originally featured only ODI matches until then, will see a format change every two years. The 2016 Asia Cup was a T20 event and was won by India and was followed by a 50-over edition in 2018, which was also clinched by the Men in Blue.