Its nearby closeness to the up and coming ICC World T20 has made the Asia Cup, which will be played between February 24 and March 6 in Bangladesh, has made it all the more imperative for all the taking part groups, including India and Pakistan.
Other than giving genuine match practice to the players, it will be instrumental in giving the groups a reasonable thought of their qualities and shortcomings and what changes, if any, they have to make going into the huge occasion.
It is consequently just, the Asia Cup will be played in the T20 group without precedent for the historical backdrop of the tournament.
The current year's Asia Cup will be the thirteenth version of the series that happens once in two years, and will highlight India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, notwithstanding one qualifying nation from among Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman, and United Arab Emirates. The qualifiers will be played out before the tournament begins on February 24.
Bangladesh will be the host to all contending countries in the 2016 Asia Cup, with all matches set to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. The tournament opens with Bangladesh tackling India.
The last match of the Asia Cup will be played on March 6.
Another turn strategy remembering the World T20 has conveyed changes to the arrangement in which the Asia Cup is to be led. By approach, the 2016 and the 2020 releases of the Asia Cup will be played in the Twenty20 organization, while the 2018 and the 2022 versions will include ODI matches.