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Asia Cup gets green light as BCCI hands over hosting rights

The 2018 edition of cricket’s Asia Cup has finally been confirmed to take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, after the Board of Control for Cricket in India handed over its hosting rights for the tournament to the Emirates Cricket Board.

The competition, which runs September 15-28, was originally scheduled to take place in India, featuring the host nation alongside Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the winners of an upcoming qualifier event. A new host was sought due to the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan, after the BCCI was unable to secure clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan.

Having faced weeks of speculation, the tournament has now been given the go-ahead, less than a month out from its intended start date.

The agreement signed in Dubai by the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board sees the event switch to the UAE, but with India still designated the official “host” nation. The Asian Cricket Council, the rights-holder of the competition, did not confirm how the move would affect the profit-sharing model from ticket sales for the tournament.