The Asia XI vs ICC World XI T20 series is scheduled in the month of March in Bangladesh, as a celebration of the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of the country. Recently, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) sent in an official request to BCCI for the participation of Indian cricketers in the exhibition series. Today, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed four prominent names from Team India, and they are Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and the skipper Virat Kohli.
The two T20 matches are scheduled on 18th and 21st March, and both are to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka. While India will be facing South Africa for a 3 match ODI series, which will also conclude on 18th March, and just a week after the T20 sweries, the Indian Premier League will kick off. However, sources from IANS have cited that the BCCI prez gave clearance to send the names of the four cricketers to BCB after their availability was confirmed.
Among all the speculations that were going on about the Indian players coping up with the hectic schedule, it was also revealed that BCB speficially requested India to send in Kohli for the matches.
“BCB wants Kohli to play in the matches and it is understandable considering he is the best player in the world. Also, they want all India regulars for the game.” a BCCI official said after Sunday’s Apex Council meeting with BCB.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan had said: “We are looking for the best players among the current lot, and because the games will have international status, everyone will be serious about it.”
While BCB is trying every possible measures to gather up the best cricketing icons around the world, there were doubts on the two Asian heavyweights- India and Pakistan, on being reluctant to see both of their players on the same team.
However, an official statement regarding this comes straight from Jayesh George, BCCI Joint Secretary, who have cleared up on the topic, saying that the PCB isn’t sending any players to be part of the Asia XI squad.
“What we are aware of is that there will be no Pakistan players in the Asia XI. That is what the message is, so, there is no question of both countries coming together or picking one over the other,” George told reporters.
On the other hand, PCB shed light on the matter, citing the reason to be the Pakistan Super League, which is scheduled to end on 22nd March, denying the current ongoing feud with BCCI as the reason behind the decision.