The 2022 Asian Cup qualifiers began on Saturday, August 20, between four teams – Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait in Muscat.
The qualifiers were originally supposed to be played in Kuala Lumpur in 2020, but were later moved to Sri Lanka along with the main tournament.
Subsequently, due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka and the relocation of the main tournament to the UAE, the qualification was also moved to Muscat, Oman.
The four teams will play head-to-head in a head-to-head format to decide the qualifiers, joining India and Pakistan in Group B of the Asia Cup.
Here are all the details about the qualifiers –
Which teams will participate in the 2022 Asia Cup qualifiers and how were they selected?
Singapore and Hong Kong were selected based on their performance in the East Regional Qualifiers as they finished as the top two teams in the Regional Qualifiers.
Similarly, the UAE and Kuwait were the top two teams in the Western Regional Qualifiers and were selected for the qualifiers.
Where will the 2022 Asia Cup qualifiers be played?
All the qualifier matches will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground 1 in Muscat.
What will be the format of Asia Cup 2022 qualification and how many matches will be played?
A total of six matches will be played in the qualifying tournament. Each team will play the other three once in a round-robin format. The highest placed team based on points or Net Run Rate (NRR) (in case of similar points) qualifies for the main tournament. There is no final match between the top two teams.
Who will the qualifying team play in the main event?
The qualifiers will join a high-octane group of India and Pakistan in the main tournament.
What is the qualification schedule for Asia Cup 2022?
20 August 2022, Saturday – 19:30 IST – Hong Kong vs Singapore
21 August 2022, Sunday – 19:30 IST – Kuwait Vs. UAE
22 August 2022, Monday – 19:30 IST – Singapore vs UAE
23 August 2022, Tuesday – 19:30 IST – Hong Kong vs Kuwait
24th August 2022, Wednesday – 16:30 IST – Singapore vs Kuwait
24th August 2022, Wednesday – 19:30 IST – UAE vs Hong Kong
Where can you live stream Asia Cup 2022 qualifiers?
Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers will be telecast live on Star Sports Network. Matches can also be streamed live online on the FanCode app and website.
United Arab Emirates: CP Rizwan (c), Chirag Suri, Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind, Ahmed Raza, Basil Hameed, Rohan Mustafa, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Aryan Lakra, Sultan Ahmad, Junaid Siddique, Fahad Nawaz, Zahoor Khan, Zawar Sharafu Farid, , Sabir Ali
Singapore: Amjad Mahboob (c), Vinoth Baskaran, Surendran Chandramohan, Aman Desai, Aritra Dutta, Rezza Gaznavi, Neil Karnik, Anantha Krishna, Arjun Mutreja, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Sing, Aryaman Sunil, Navin Param, Janak Prakash, Akshay
Kuwait: Mohammed Aslam (c), Nawaf Ahmed, Mohammad Amin, Meet Bhavsar, Adnan Idrees, Muhammad Kashif, Shiraz Khan, Sayed Monib, Edson Silva, Bilal Tahir, Ali Zaheer Usman Patel, Yasin Patel, Shahrukh Quddus, Ravija Mohamed Sandaru Haroon Shahid
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Kinchit Shah, Zeeshan Ali, Ateeq Iqbal, Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Scott McKechnie, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Yasim Murtaza, Dhananjay Rao, Wajid Shah, Ayush Shukla, Ahan Trivedi, Mohammad Arhad Wahe, Babar Hayat , Aftab Hussain
United Arab Emirates: The UAE start the tournament as favourites. However, they will be playing under a new captain as the previous captain Ahmed Raza was removed from the captaincy just a day before the tournament. If a team splits into two groups due to such a sudden decision, it may not have a place in the qualifying tournament.
It’s incredible for the UAE to replace Ahmed Raza as T20 captain just days before the Asia Cup qualifiers. For no reason, especially before a big tournament.
In 2015, Khurram Khan was replaced by Mohammad Tauqir as captain just before the AUS & NZ World Cup. https://t.co/xFHaiYFC0C
— Amey Pethkar (@ameypethkar9) August 19, 2022
Singapore: Singapore were the winners of the Eastern Regional Qualifiers but will play the qualifiers without their star player Tim David, who is trying his luck to be part of the Australian squad.
Singapore’s last appearance in the short format was in the second World T20 Qualifier in Zimbabwe last month, where they fell short and lost all their matches.
Kuwait: Kuwait caused a bit of a stir when they finished second in the Western regional qualifiers ahead of Oman. They will be high on confidence if they manage to beat Bahrain 5-0
Hong Kong: Hong Kong was part of the 2018 Asian Cup and would prove to be strong competition against the other three. They also gave India a big nasty scar in the 2018 tournament. However, they have since lost their captain Anshuman Rath on the domestic Indian circuit and have struggled a bit in recent times.