The council has decided that Asian Championship will be played in both T20 and 50- over format © Getty Images
The council has decided that Asian Championship will be played in both T20 and 50- over format © Getty Images

Karachi: Asian Cricket Council, which now functions under the umbrella of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has invited bids from some of its member countries to host the Asian T20 Championship early next year. An official associated with the process told PTI that Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal, Qatar were among those countries who had been asked to submit bids to host the Asian Championship. Also, it was known that test playing members of the Asian body would not host next year’s Asian T20 because of their busy schedules. READ: Afghanistan and Oman seal ICC World T20 2016 spots

“It has now been decided that the Asian Championship will be played in two formats, T20 and 50 overs,” he said.

“The Asian Championship will be held every two years. The T20 format will take place the same year the ICC World T20 is held while the 50 overs format will be held with the World Cup,” the official confirmed. READ– ICC World T20 Qualifier 2015: Points table

The Asian Cricket Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur were disbanded few months back and the staff reduced with only a few staffers now working out of an office in Singapore under the umbrella of the ICC.

The official said that the decision to have the Asian Championships despite the ACC being disbanded was taken to raise more funds for the development of cricket in associate member nations. READ: World T20 qualifiers expected to further boost cricket’s profile in Associate countries

“It was also decided to have a T20 event every two years to ensure more participation and competition from associate members and because of its increasing popularity,” he added.