In what was supposed to be a match that would decide the winner of Group B in the Asia Cup 50-overs cricket competition, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will square off on Thursday. As the Dhaka Tribune reports, thanks to some last-minute finagling by the Asia Cricket Council, the game is now a meaningless "dead rubber," that will live stream from Abu Dhabi.
Before the first of two India vs. Pakistan matches in the tournament, the ACC early on Wednesday announced a new set of fixtures for the Super Four stage of the tournament, which will include the top two teams in each of Groups A and B, as Inquisitr reported. Originally, the top finisher in each group would open the Super Four against the runner-up of the opposite group. But the ACC, offering no explanation, skipped that step, meaning that no matter who wins the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh match, Bangladesh will open the Super Four against India, and Afghanistan against Pakistan.
According to a Dhaka Tribune report, the change was made to allow defending champions India to remain in Dubai — where their hotel is situated — for all four games of the Super Four. But Bangladesh must play on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, then head back to Dubai, 84 miles away, for the crucial match against India the following day.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh Asia Cup final group stage match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled to be bowled at 3:30 p.m. Gulf Standard Time at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, September 20. In the United Kingdom, that start time will be 12:30 p.m. British Summer Time, while in the United States, the Asia Cup opening match gets underway at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:30 a.m. Pacific.
In Bangladesh, the live stream will start at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Bangladesh Standard Time, while in India, the match gets underway at 5 p.m. India Standard Time.
"This is never right and acceptable in an international competition," an angry Mashrafe said after the changes were revealed, according to reports. "One might not show the reaction, but a reaction will and should be normal in such issues. We had come to this tournament with the intention to win against Sri Lanka, and also the second game, finish as the champion and play the runners-up of Group A in the Super Four round. But (Wednesday) morning we were informed that the result does not matter in the Afghanistan game and that we are team B2 in the group. This is very disappointing."
The "dead rubber," however, will give Mashrafe and Afghanistan Captain Ashghar Afghana chance to rest key players, possibly even resting themselves. Afghana officially changed his name from Asghar Stanikzai earlier this year, according to Sport 360.
To watch a live stream of the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh Asia Cup sixth match from Dubai, UAE, in the United States, the only source is the U.S. affiliate of India streaming site Hotstar. The service charges a $19.99 per month fee. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app.
India's Hotstar service will also live stream the match in that country. The Pakistan Television Corporation, that country's state-owned TV network, will carry the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh Asia Cup match live on PTV Sports and will make a free live stream of the "dead rubber" match available as well. Fans should be aware that the PTV Sports' live stream will be viewable only by fans inside of Pakistan. PTV also often makes a live stream available on the PTV Sports Official YouTube channel.
The Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh ODI will be broadcast by Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which means that to access a live stream, fans in the U.K. and in Ireland require a Sky Sports subscription. Subscribers then need to register for the satellite network's Sky Go streaming service, which is free, but fans must fill out some basic information to obtain a Sky Go login.
Once registration is complete, visit the Sky Go Sports login page. Then, at last, cricket viewers can stream the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh match live from Abu Dhabi. Sky Go is also available on most mobile devices by downloading the Sky Go app.