Bangladesh to Host 2016 Asia Cup

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Bangladesh will host the Asia Cup cricket for the third time running in February and March 2016. Bangladesh hosted the tournament in 2012 and 2014, along with 2000 and 1988.

The Asian Cricket Council decided Bangladesh will hold the tournament, to be played in the Twenty20 format for the first time, just before the ICC World T20 in neighbouring India.

cricket current affairsFeaturing five Asian countries, the tournament will be played from February 24 to March 6, with the World T20 running from March to April.

Test nations Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will get direct entry. Afghanistan, Oman, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates will play a qualifying tournament in November in the UAE for the fifth place.

Safety fears for foreigners have heightened in Muslim-majority Bangladesh after the recent murders of an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer which were claimed by the Islamic State group. Bangladesh, which denies IS has a presence in the country.

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