It may be mentioned here that as per the ACC events calendar the tournament was supposed to be held during March this year but had to be shifted to April.
This is the second time that UAE is hosting the tournament. Pakistan are the defending champions. having got the better of Sri Lanka in the last edition in December 2002.
The other teams taking part are UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Iran and Thailand.