Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (AFP Photo)

The India squad for Asia Cup 2018 will be staying in a different hotel from the rest of the five teams participating in the biennial tournament in the UAE. According to a report, the Rohit Sharma-led India have been housed in Grand Hyatt [Dubai] while Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong will be staying at the InterContinental.

The Mumbai Mirror, citing a BCCI source, reported that the decision has been made considering the fact that even though the tournament has been shifted to UAE, India still enjoy the host privileges and will need the exclusive accommodation to house its own staff and sponsors.

Asia Cup matches will be hosted at two venues – Dubai International Cricket Stadium [Dubai] and Sheikh Zayed Stadium [Abu Dhabi]. India will play their matches in Dubai and even though one of the semi-finals has been scheduled to be played at Abu Dhabi, should the need arise, it has been agreed that India will play their semi-final in Dubai.

Rohit has been given the team captaincy after BCCI rested Virat Kohli for the tournament. Indian are in Group A alongside Pakistan and Hong Kong. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been pooled in Group B.

India start their campaign on September 18 when they face Hong Kong and then on the following day, will clash with Pakistan whom they last faced in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017. The Asia Cup 2018 starts from September 15 with the final to be played on September 28.