The 2018 Asia Cup will be a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates in September 2018. It will be the 14th edition of the Asia Cup and the third time the tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates, after the 1984 and 1995 tournaments. India are the defending champions.
Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be played in India. It was moved to the United Arab Emirates, following ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan.
On 29 October 2015, following the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Singapore, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary stated that the 2018 edition of the tournament would be held in India. In August 2017, the BCCI sought government clearance to host the tournament, after the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup was moved to Malaysia. In April 2018, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, asked if the BCCI and ACC would consider hosting the tournament in Abu Dhabi, in a bid to ensure Pakistan's participation.
Pakistan were scheduled to host the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup ahead of the tournament in April. With the announcement that the Asia Cup would be played in the United Arab Emirates, the Emerging Teams Asia Cup was moved to December 2018, with Sri Lanka scheduled to co-host the tournament with Pakistan.
After the ACC was downsized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in April 2015, it was announced that future Asia Cup events will be played on a rotation basis of ODI and Twenty20 International (T20I) formats based on respective upcoming World Cup tournaments. Therefore, the 2016 and 2020 tournament are played as T20Is, ahead of the 2016 and 2020 World Twenty20s, and the 2018 and 2022 tournaments will be played as ODIs, ahead of the 2019 and 2023 World Cups respectively.