The Asia Cup is an
international One Day International cricket tournament.
It was established in 1983 when the Asian Cricket Council
was founded as a measure to promote goodwill between Asian
countries. It was originally scheduled to be held every
two years. The first tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah
in the United Arab Emirates where the council's offices
were based (until 1995).
The International Cricket Council has ruled that all games
played for the Asia Cup have official One Day International
status. India along with Sri Lanka has lifted the Asia cup
the most times (four). India appeared in every final apart
from the 1986 (India pulled out due to strained cricketing
relations with Sri Lanka), 1993 (when it was cancelled due
to strained political relations between India and Pakistan)
and 2000 cups. Sri Lanka, however, have appeared in every
final since the cup's inception. The ACC have announced
that the tournament will be held biennially from 2008 onwards.