Asia Cup Cricket Winners List, Asia Cup 2018

Asia Cup cricket winners list, Asia Cup winners list and Asia Cup champion list
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Asia Cup Cricket Winners List, Asia Cup Winners List, Asia Cup Champion List

The tournament which involves six cricketing nations of the Asian region, was founded after the Asian Cricket Council was founded in 1983, as a measure to promote goodwill and sporting relations between Asian countries. Originally, the Asia Cup was planned to be held every two years. In this article, we will look at the Asia Cup cricket winners list, which will feature all the teams who have won the tournament so far. As India are the reigning champions of the Asia Cup, it is certain that they are going to feature the most in the Asia Cup winners list or Asia Cup champion list. Let’s delve into the details.

The Asia Cup 2018 edition is going to start from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and will wrap up with the final clash between the ultimate two teams on September 28. This will be the 14th edition of the tournament, which is organised under the aegis of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), and is being contested between six teams, namely; IndiaPakistanSri LankaBangladeshAfghanistan and Hong Kong. The Asia Cup is a men’s One Day International (ODI) and T20I cricket tournament, which had originally started as an ODI tournament, but was soon started in the T20I format as well, alternatively. This is an important point that we need to keep note of, while discussing the Asia Cup winners list or Asia Cup champion list.

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The first-ever edition of the Asia cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the tournament was soon made the tool through which the Asian countries expressed protest, which was more often than not political in nature. For example, the 1986 Asia Cup, 1990–91 edition and 1993 edition were cancelled due to strained political relations between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which had come at different time-periods and due to different reasons.

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While discussing the Asia Cup cricket winners list, it is worthy to note that the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in 2015 that Asia Cup events from 2016 would be played on a rotation basis, between ODI and T20I format, on the basis of the upcoming World Cup event formats. As a result, the 2016 Asia Cup was the first event which was played in the T20I format, acting as a preparatory tournament for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Asia Cup cricket winners list: Most successful teams of Asia Cup – India and Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka are two of the most successful teams who have featured the most number of times in the Asia Cup cricket winners list in the ODI format. Both of the teams have featured in the Asia Cup winners list or Asia Cup champion list five times, each. After India and Sri Lanka, another team which has featured in the Asia Cup cricket winners list for the second-most number of times is Pakistan, who have won the ODI tournament twice.

The T20I format of the Asia Cup was first held in 2016, which was won by India, making the Men in Blue the sole winners of the Asia Cup T20I. And while Sri Lanka and India were sharing the top position in the Asia Cup winners list or Asia Cup champion list when it came to ODI format, winning the 2016 edition (T20I) of the Asia Cup has made Team India the most successful team of the tournament, who are currently reigning undisputedly at the top of the Asia Cup cricket winners list.

Asia Cup Winners List: Out of the top three favorites, Pakistan the least featured in Asia Cup champion list

While India and Sri Lanka have been the two of the most successful teams of Asia Cup, with India being the most featured team in the Asia Cup winners list – 6 times, and Sri Lanka being the second-most featured team in Asia Cup champion list – 5 times, it is Pakistan which is the only team apart from India and Sri Lanka to have won the Asia Cup, as no other team apart from these three cricketing titans have clinched the trophy, including Bangladesh.

Pakistan have won the Asia Cup twice in the whole span of the tournament since it was introduced in 1984, with both of their victories coming in editions of Asia Cup that were hosted in Bangladesh. The Men in Green had won the 2000 edition of Asia Cup, which was in ODI format, and they repeated their victory after 12 years, in 2012, again an ODI format which was held in Bangladesh.

Below is the complete list of the Asia Cup winners list or Asia Cup champion list. Have a look.

Year Winner Team Runner Up Team Host
1984 (ODI) India Sri Lanka UAE
1986 (ODI) Sri Lanka Pakistan Sri Lanka
1988 (ODI) India Sri Lanka Bangladesh
1990–91 (ODI) India Sri Lanka India
1995 (ODI) India Sri Lanka UAE
1997 (ODI) Sri Lanka India Sri Lanka
2000 (ODI) Pakistan Sri Lanka Bangladesh
2004 (ODI) Sri Lanka India Sri Lanka
2008 (ODI) Sri Lanka India Pakistan
2010 (ODI) India Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
2012 (ODI) Pakistan Bangladesh Bangladesh
2014 (ODI) Sri Lanka Pakistan Bangladesh
2016 (T20) India Bangladesh Bangladesh
2018 (ODI) UAE

 

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