India not to play any game in Abu Dhabi

Being a host has its advantages. The format of the Asia Cup has been tweaked to suit India, it is learnt.

The BCCI is hosting the tournament in association with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

The format was so devised that every team would play at least one game at both the venues — the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Long commute

The Hindu
understands that the BCCI sought a change as it was not willing to let the ‘Men in Blue’ commute almost 90 minutes pre- and post-match.

As a result, the format has been changed to ensure India, irrespective of its position in the league stage — plays all its Super 4 matches in Dubai.

“On qualifying for Super 4, the host board (India) will play as Group A – Qualifier 1,” states the Tournament Handbook accessed by
The Hindu
.

According to the original plan, had India lost to Pakistan, it would have resulted in Rohit Sharma & Co. travelling to Abu Dhabi for one of the three Super 4 games.

The rulebook makes no such provision for Group B — featuring Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Super Over for final

The Super Over has emerged as a vital aspect of Twenty20 cricket. If the Asia Cup final on September 28 is a tie, there will be a first-ever tie-break over in an ODI.

“In case the Finals is tied or produces a no-result the teams will compete in a Super Over. If the Super Over cannot be played due to ground, weather and light conditions, both teams will be declared joint winners,” according to the playing conditions.

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