The Asian Cricket Council has released the fixtures for the cricket competition in the 16th Asian Games.
The teams are divided into four groups. Group C and D teams will have to compete among themselves first and then two from each group will qualify to play with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan will play their match against one of the three teams in Group C on November 24th in the Guanggong Cricket Stadium in China. If they can win their quarter-final match, it is likely that Afghanistan will face Pakistan for a place in the final.
The tournament will be a useful experience for Afghanistan: not only do they have the chance to win medals for their country, but they also have a good chance of playing a ‘big’ national team.
The dates of the Asian Games means that the Intercontinental Cup final will have to be changed to another date – if Afghanistan reach the I Cup final, that is.
Group C: C1（MAS）, C2 (SIN) , C3 (CHN)
Group D: D1 (NEP), D2 (HKG), D3 (MDV)
Top 2 teams of Group C and D will be qualified to play with SRI, PAK, BAN and AFG as knock out.
E: E1 (SRI), E2 (AFG), E3 (Winner of Group C), E4 (2nd place of Group C)
F: F1 (PAK), F2 (BAN), F3 (Winner of Group D), F4 (2nd place of Group D)
|Day 9||November 20 (Saturday)|
|Session CC09||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|09:30-12:20||C1 vs C3 (Match 1)|
|13:30-16:20||D1 vs D3 (Match 2)|
|Day 10||November 21 (Sunday)|
|Session CC10||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|09:30-12:20||C2 vs C3 (Match 3)|
|13:30-16:20||D2 vs D3 (Match 4)|
|Day 11||November 22 (Monday)|
|Session CC11||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|09:30-12:20||C1 vs C2 (Match 5)|
|13:30-16:20||D1 vs D2 (Match 6)|
|Day 12||November 23 (Tuesday)|
|Session CC12||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|09:30-12:20||E1 vs F4 (Match 7, Quarter Final)|
|13:30-16:20||E3 vs F2 (Match 8, Quarter Final)|
|Day 13||November 24 (Wednesday)|
|Session CC13||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|9:30-12:20||E2 vs F3 (Match 9, Quarter Final)|
|13:30-16:20||E4 vs F1 (Match 10, Quarter Final)|
|Day 14||November 25 (Thursday)|
|Session CC14||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|9:30-12:20||Winner of Match 7 vs Winner of Match 8 (Match 11, Semi Final)|
|13:30-16:20||Winner of Match 9 vs Winner of Match 10 (Match 12, Semi Final)|
|Day 15||November 26 (Friday)|
|Session CC15||Start: 9:30||End: 16:20||Guanggong Cricket Stadium|
|9:30-12:20||Loser of Match 11 vs Loser of Match 12 (Match 13, 3rd & 4th Place)|
|13:30-16:20||Winner of Match 11 vs Winner of Match 12 (Match 14, Final)|
Shortthirdman, as he is known, has been closely following Afghanistan cricket since April 2009. He also has a blog, called Short Third Man, which is about all things cricket.