The recently held Annual General Meeting of Asian Cricket Council in Pakistan brought upon some important decisions for the group to spread, develop and popularise the sport even more outside the full member nations in the council.
One of the significant decisions made during the meeting was to award List-A status to all matches in the upcoming ACC Emerging Nations Asia Cup, to be jointly co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. A BCCI official confirmed the news to Times of India on the same.
The full member nations in the tournament (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Afghanistan) are due to send their squad comprising of 4 players above U23 age-group and the rest in the U23 category.
Associate member nations (Hong Kong, UAE & Oman), who qualified from the 2018 ACC Asia Cup qualifiers held in Malaysia, are due to send their senior squad for the tournament.
With List-A status now being given to all matches, it is no longer a U23 event, but will be counted as an full International tournament.
Hong Kong and Oman have already announced their squads for the tournament. Hong Kong and UAE are placed in Group B of the tournament, with their matches scheduled to take place in Karachi, Pakistan. Oman is placed in Group A of the tournament, with their matches scheduled to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2018 ACC Emerging Nations Asia Cup Schedule:
|06-Dec-18||Pakistan vs Hong Kong||National Stadium, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|Bangladesh vs UAE||SG Ground, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|07-Dec-18||Sri Lanka vs Oman||RPICS, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|India vs Afghanistan||CCC, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|Pakistan vs UAE||National Stadium, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|Banladesh vs Hong Kong||SG Ground, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|08-Dec-18||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||CCC, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|India vs Oman||RPICS, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|09-Dec-18||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||National Stadium, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|UAE vs Hong Kong||SG, Karachi||9:30 AM|
|10-Dec-18||Sri Lanka vs India||RPICS, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|Afghanistan vs Oman||CCC, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|13-Dec-18||Semi-Final #1 (A1 vs B2)||CCC, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|Semi-Final #2 (A2 vs B1)||RPICS, Colombo||9:45 AM|
|15-Dec-18||Final||RPICS, Colombo||9:45 AM|