Dubai: The decks were finally cleared on Friday for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf.Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team—the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event.The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watchThe event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan.Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament.BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes.Also Read | Injury-hit Kohli could be more dangerous in third Test, says BaylissFrom ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.“This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Michelangelo JacobusDefending champions Barbados took on Jamaica in a top-of-the-table clash as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 continued at the GCC ground, Bourda.Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat, but were stifled by the Barbados bowling attack and could only muster 214-6 which Barbados chased down in 35.3 overs .Haley Matthews led with a brilliant century while Kycia Knight once again played a supporting role with an unbeaten half-century to hand Barbados victory by eight wickets.The win means Barbados have now cemented their status as favourites to retain the trophy.Jamaica took first strike and found scoring tough as Barbados tightened the screws with some quality bowling. However, Jamaica’s in-form skipper, Stafanie Taylor, once again led from the front. Fresh off a match-winning century against host nation Guyana in their last match, she once again showed her quality, composing a patient 80 (117 deliveries) which included four boundaries, to lead her side to a par total of 214-6.At one point, the Jamaicans looked set for a big score at 120-2 with Taylor and her deputy, Chedean Nation, at the crease, but the Bajan bowlers were tight in their line and length with Hayley Matthews turning in a good spell to eventually restrict the Jamaicans to just 214.Three of Barbados’ bowlers shared the wickets evenly with Hayley Matthews taking 2-36 from her 10 overs while Shenika Bruce and Shamilia Connell had figures of 2-32 (6 overs) and 2-34 (9 overs respectively).Chasing 215 for victory, Matthews began the innings by slapping the first ball through the offside for four before adding another with a crunching drive.She was especially severe on Karla Cohen, carrying her for a six and two fours in the third over as Barbados raced away.Barbados brought up their 50 in the eighth over and by then the game looked to have gotten away from Jamaica.Matthews offered a chance when she was on 68, chipping Stafanie Taylor to mid-off who was unable to hold on to a brilliant effort.Meanwhile Kycia Knight was her able supporter with a solid half century and by the time Matthews fell, bowled by Nation for a well played 108 (101 balls, 14x4s, 2x6s), victory was well in sight.Enter Deandra Dottin who knocked off the remaining runs to end the innings unbeaten on 23 off 13 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.Barbados will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
The 2019-2020 Division One League kicks off on the weekend of 10- 12 January 2020 at match venues across the country.All three zones will kick off their opening round of matches next weekend.Below are fixtures for this season’s Division One League matches for all three zones:ZONE ONE:Zone One Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/RB1kkpi0G6— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020 ZONE THREE:Zone Three Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/QzBtp2bWZ2— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020 ZONE TWO:Zone Two Fixtures for 2019-2020 Division One League matches. The second tier league is scheduled to commence next weekend#BringBackTheLove#IgnitingPassionCreatingWealthForAll pic.twitter.com/IN0LOXNZyw— Division One League (@DivisionOneGH) January 2, 2020