DUBAI: Arch-rivals Pakistan and India are will face off against each other in an Asia Cup Sunday blockbuster in Dubai on August 28, the organisers said on Tuesday.
It will be the first time since Pakistan’s historic win over India in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that the two teams will line-up against each other. Pakistan ended their World Cup winless streak against India last year, beating India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Stadium.
Bilateral cricket remains suspended between the bitter neighbours who play each other only in multi-team tournaments. The teams are set to face-off with each other once more at the World T20 this year, when they will battle at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.
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A day after Sri Lanka take on Afghanistan in the opener, India and Pakistan will lock horns in the tournament’s most anticipated match.
The nine-team Twenty20 tournament was shifted to the United Arab Emirates last month due to the economic and political unrest in the country for the last few months in Sri Lanka, who retain the hosts’ honour.
Dubai hosts 10 matches, including the Sept. 11 final, while three will be played in Sharjah, ACC president Jay Shah, who is also the secretary of the Indian cricket board, said on Twitter.