Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma were dropped from the Indian squad announced to play in the Asia Cup captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

 

This time around, Afghanistan will be making their debut in the Asia Cup. Other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the hosts, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan will be participating in the tournament. Pakistan won the last edition of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. Pakistan, led by Misbah-ul-Haq, won by two runs. The 2012 edition was held in Bangladesh also. India has won the title five times.

 

All the teams will play against each other once and two teams will qualify for the final to be held on March 8 at Mirpur. All the matches will be held at Fatullah and Mirpur.