Players from the four cricket mad nations will feature in the inaugural tournament in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The expatriate cricketers from the subcontinent will feature in a novel Occasions Cakes Asian Cup, a four-nation tournament to pick the best squad in Abu Dhabi on their performances.
Players from the four cricket mad nations — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — will feature in the inaugural tournament at the Volcano grounds in Shahama, Abu Dhabi, starting from Friday.
Khuram Barvi, the founder of Volcano Cricket and tournament director, said the tournament is open for players from each nation to participate in the preliminary games to pick the best 15 squad to represent each nation in the main competition.
“The objective is to gather the best players for a four-nation tournament among the expatriates,” he said.
“We have received six teams from the Pakistan expatriate community, four from India, two each from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. These teams will play among themselves and the best 15 selected for each of the four participating teams in the final line-up.“At the completion of the tournament we will select the best team from Abu Dhabi based on their performances. It’s not that they are going to represent Abu Dhabi but just to give an idea of the best team we can create,” Barvi added.
Half-centuries from Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to 294-8 in the third and final one-day international as they seek to whitewash Bangladesh in a three-match series in Colombo on Wednesday.
Colombo: An all-round team performance from Sri Lanka saw them secure a comprehensive 122-run win in the third ODI against Bangladesh, completing a 3-0 series whitewash. Batting first, Sri Lanka got close to 300 on the back of a combined batting performance, headlined by Angelo Mathew’s 87,
India opener Rohit Sharma hit his fourth century of the World Cup as Virat Kohli's side booked their place in the semi-finals with a 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
"We should play each other more often. It is such a treat to see these two teams on the cricket field," Mohammad Ashraf, a Pakistan national working in the UAE, said.
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli have called it just another game, but that is clearly not the case.
Sri Lanka made one change in their team as Binura Fernando came in place of injured Maheesh Theekshana for this match. On the other hand, Bangladesh also made one change with Nasum Ahmed replacing Taskin Ahmed in their playing XI.