Bengaluru, Feb 17: With ICC World Twenty20 2016 set to start next month in India, Asian teams will have a chance to finalise their preparations as they play in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Bangladesh.
The qualifying round of Asia Cup will be played from Friday (February 19) while the actual tournament begins on February 24. All matches will be hosted by Bangladesh (qualifiers in Fatullah and main round in Mirpur).
For the first time in the history of Asia Cup, the format has been changed to 20 overs from 50. Past 12 editions were 50-over contests. All squads have been announced.
Full list of squads for Asia Cup Twenty20 2016
Note: Qualifying tournament involving Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and UAE will be played from February 19 to 22. The winner goes to the main draw (February 24 to March 6)
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami (ruled out due to injury), Pawan Negi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (replacement for Shami), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper) (added as a cover to Dhoni).
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Immad Wasim, Anwer Ali, Babar Azam (withdrawn due to injury), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Aamir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan, Rumman Raees (withdrawn due to injury), Wahab Riaz, Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami (both came in as replacements for Babar and Rumman).
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai.
Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (captain), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter (wicketkeeper), Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan.
Oman: Sultan Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Aamir Kaleem (vice-captain), Aaqib Sulehri, Adnan Ilyas, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Jatinder Singh, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Zeeshan Maqsood, Zeeshan Siddiqui.
United Arab Emirates: Amjad Javed (captain), Mohammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Swapnil Patil (vice-captain and wicketkeeper), Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Zaheer Maqsood, Mohammad Naveed, Farhan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Usman, Fahad Tariq, Saqlain Haider.