Clash to Titans it could be termed as ICC is all set to organise a three-match T20I series between Asia XI and World XI next year in march.
Cricket Fans the world over dream of such games when best 22 players of the game across the world face each other to prove their metal. These kind of games have always been a centre of attraction for the fans and help ICC promote cricket world-wide.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that it will host two T20I matches between Asia XI and World XI to remember Bangladesh’s founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – the first president of the nation – on his birth centenary. These matches are scheduled to be played on 18 and 21 march.
The BCB president Nazmul Hossain has promised the nation to make available best players of International Cricket to mark the historic occasion.
“The dates of the matches have been finalized. The matches will take place between March 18 and March 21. We have not contacted anyone yet, but players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan will take part alongside the Bangladesh cricketers in Asia XI,” said Hossain.
“There will be a matter of availability if they [the players] have international duties. I think only two teams will be busy at the time, but they won’t be playing T20s, so we might get their T20 players. 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,” Hossain further said.
“They made a special dispensation for Bangladesh, but they said it is only a one-off that such a match will get international status,” the BCB president added.
Third match of the series will be played in India, to mark another historic event as it will be the inaugural match for New Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. The stadium will become the largest cricket stadium in the world with a sitting capacity of over 1,00,000.
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As of now BCB has requested BCCI to allow its top seven players in MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja to allow them to take part in the series.
Yet it will be interesting to see that how many Indian Internationals get to play the historic series. India is scheduled to host South Africa in March next year for three match ODI series. The last match of the series is on 18th march clashing with the dates of first T20 of the series.
FYI, this series has been given International match status by the ICC.