The 9th Asia Cup begins in Pakistan Today. Pakistan takes on Hong Kong in Karachi while Bangladesh play the United Arab Emirates in the first round. Defending champions Sri Lanka and India are the other teams in the six-nation event which runs until July 6.
The Asia Cup serves as a dress rehearsal for Pakistan’s hosting of the eight-nation ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy in September. Several foreign teams, led by Australia who postponed a Test and One-Day tour to Pakistan in March-April this year, are considering a boycott of the Champions Trophy over safety concerns.