Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was founded as a measure to promote good relations between Asian countries around the globe. The first ever Asia cup was played in 1984 in Sharjah and United Arab Emirates (UAE) where the offices were based. Asia Cup has been an important tournament for all the Asian countries and after the establishment of Asian Cricket Council in 1983, it was scheduled to be played every two years.
After downsizing the Asian Cricket Council in 2015, it was announced by the ICC that Asia Cup events from 2016 will be played on a rotation basis between One Day International and Twenty20 International format, on the basis of format of upcoming world events. As a result, the 2016 event was the first event played in the T20I format and functioned as a preparatory tournament ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.