Defending champions India will take on Pakistan on September 19 in Asia Cup 2018, as per the schedule confirmed by ICC. India will play back-to-back games as they would be taking on a qualifier on September 18.
Asia Cup 2018 will be held in the UAE from September 15 to September 28. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in the opening game in Dubai.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the other confirmed teams. The qualifiers battling out for entry include UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Group A features India, Pakistan and the qualifier while Group B includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The sides from each group will qualify for the Super 4. The final will take place on September 28 in Dubai.
Asia Cup 2018 Full Schedule
September 15 - Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
September 16 - Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)
September 17 - Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
September 18 - India vs Qualifier (Dubai)
September 19 - India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
September 20 - Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
September 21 - Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
September 21 - Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 23 - Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
September 23 - Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 25 - Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
September 26 - Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 28 - (Dubai)
--By A Cricket Correspondent