The 2012 Asia Cup (also known as the Micromax Asia Cup) was a cricket competition held in Bangladesh from March 11 to 22, 2012. The tournament, like the previous one, included four Asian Test-playing nations: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In addition, there were two associate countries: Afghanistan and Nepal.
This was the first time that Bangladesh had hosted the event, and it was also their first appearance in an ODI tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Bangladeshi mobile phone company Micromax Informatics, and its name was changed to "Micromax Asia Cup 2012".
India won the tournament for the third time after defeating Pakistan in the final by seven wickets. This was also India's third victory in the Asia Cup, having previously won in 1990 and 1998. Bangladesh made their ODI debut with a loss against India in Chittagong. Opener Mominul Haque scored 51 but could not prevent his team from being defeated by eight runs. This was followed by two more losses to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Bangladesh finished last among the five teams with no wins or ties.
In April 2012, Bangladesh named a squad of 15 players for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Three of them - Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, and Mohammad Ashraful - were part of the team that played in the 2004 Asia Cup.
The 2010 Asia Cup (also known as the Micromax Asia Cup) was the tenth edition of the Asia Cup cricket event, held in Sri Lanka from June 15 to 24, 2010. The tournament was limited to test-playing nations (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh). Afghanistan were originally invited to take part in the tournament but they declined the invitation.
Sri Lanka won the tournament for the first time by beating India in the final by seven runs. This is also Sri Lanka's first win at the Asia Cup/Micromax Asia Cup.
This page does not include results or statistics for the Afghanistan team. They played only one match and that was lost against India by an innings and 135 runs. India went on to win the tournament.
The next Asia Cup will be held in Bangladesh in 2015. The dates have not been finalized yet but it will be between April 23 to May 6, 2015.
In addition to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the other two test-playing nations are Bangladesh and Japan. In recent years, both countries have become strong contenders, with Bangladesh winning the Cricket World Cup 2019 and Japan playing well in limited-overs games.
Afghanistan played their only match against India. India went on to win the tournament so there was no need for them to play against Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka has won the most Asia Cups (14), followed by India and Pakistan, both of which have won 13 Asia Cups. The first Rothmans Asia Cup was contested in 1984 at Sharjah, UAE, the home of the newly founded Asian Cricket Council's headquarters. The competition consisted of a round-robin format between India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. India won the tournament by defeating Sri Lanka in the final by one wicket.
India has also won the most Rothmans World Cups (6), followed by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both with 5 wins. The only edition of the Asia Cup not won by India is the first one in 1984. That year, they lost to Sri Lanka in the final by one run after finishing second in the round-robin stage.
In 2007, India won its fifth Asia Cup when they defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the final at Mohali, Punjab. This makes India the most successful nation in the history of the Asia Cup/Champions Trophy. Previously, India had four victories out of six finals it has played (including two shared titles). Its overall record is thus 6 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.
India has also won the most ICC T20s Championships (3), followed by Australia and England, both with 2 wins.
The inaugural Asia Cup was staged in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where the council's headquarters were located in 1984. (until 1995). India skipped the 1986 event due to deteriorating cricketing ties with Sri Lanka. Due to deteriorating political relations with India, Pakistan boycotted the 1990-91 tournament.
However, political turmoil in Pakistan saw most of its cricketers join a rebel tour of India in 1994 - an incident which led to the suspension of Pakistan from international cricket. The ban was later revoked following the Lahore Summit between President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In 1996, Pakistan returned to the Asia Cup stage by virtue of winning the ICC Emerging Nations Tournament in Zimbabwe. But their stay was short-lived as they could not retain their title after losing to Australia in the final. Pakistan last appeared in the tournament in 2000. Since then, no country has won the cup on more than one occasion.
India became the first Asian nation to win the Cricket World Cup in 1987. The next year, they also won the Asia Cup. Thus, India has emerged as the winner of both the tournaments. The only other country to have done so is England who won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979. However, no Indian team has been close to repeating this feat since then.
In conclusion, the first Asia Cup cricket tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah, UAE. India was the overall winner of the tournament.