If all goes to plan, the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh will be a perfect appetiser for next month's World T20.
Four evenly matched sides plus emerging Afghanistan should make for a highly competitive competition.
Throw in a cricketing clasico between India and Pakistan and there's much to look forward to in the continent's premier 50-over tournament.
Doom-mongers will point to India's wretched recent form and Bangladesh's continued failure to pull their weight at the highest level.
M.S. Dhoni, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Irfan head a list of notable absentees and slow, lifeless pitches don't augur well for entertaining cricket.
Whether your glass is half full or half empty, read on for five reasons to love the 2014 Asia Cup, and five reasons to hate it.