DHAKA: After having completed a successful season of PSL in the United Arab Emirates, title aspirant Pakistan — one of the top sides of the continent, arrived in Dhaka to attend 13th edition of the Asia Cup, Bengali media reported on Wednesday.
The green shirt team landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a flight of Emirates at 7:30pm local time, reports said.
After the Arrival in Dhaka, they will hold their first practice session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground in Mirpur today (Thursday). They will face India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 27).
Pakistan are the two-time Asian champions, and interestingly on both occasion they clinched the title in Bangladesh. First time in 2000, and then in 2012. With this year’s Asia Cup slated to be contested in the T20 format and again in their lucky venue Bangladesh, Pakistan can fancy their chances of claiming the trophy for the third time.
However, Pakistan’s mission to success will be anything but an easy-go, as they are set to receive stint challenge from Bangladesh, whom they beat by 2 runs in the 2012 Asia Cup final. Besides red-hot favourites India defending champions Sri Lanka too can prove to be threats for them.