The 2012 Asia Cup will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed, with the 11th edition of the tournament being held in Mirpur.
Defending champions India, who won the tournament in Sri Lanka earlier this year, will join hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as four qualifiers from the ACC Associate and Affiliate nations.
“These are exciting times for the cricketers of Asia, they are closer than ever to playing top-flight cricket against the very best and we look forward to the emergence of a number of countries that can compete with the Test-playing nations at youth and A Team level," ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq said.
"We are grateful that the Test-playing countries are taking such an interest and expanding their spheres of activity. The development of the other nations will go apace with the advances in the Test-playing countries, nevertheless, if a country like Afghanistan can sustain its current success - and that is the real test of development – and if other countries can match them - within a number of years I can see the Asia Cup being credibly expanded to being more than just the top four countries."
Running alongside the tournament will also be a women's Asia Cup run to the same format.
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