The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to 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. BCB has been trying to make the occasion as grand as possible to mark this special occasion.
According to the reports the matches will be played on 18th and 21st March at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. BCB has also invited ICC dignitaries along with a number of legends to mark their honourable presence in the ceremony.
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BCB has also requested for players from all other Cricket Boards to be a part of the historical match. BCB has also sent quite a few name to the respective cricket boards to make players available on this grand occasion.
In regard of the letter, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also decided to send the names of four Indian stalwarts– Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). A sources close to the BCCI revealed that the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has sent the aforementioned names to BCB after checking their availability on the dates of fixtures.
“Ganguly sent in the names to the BCB after we checked on the availability of the players. Kohli, Shami, Dhawan and Kuldeep will represent us in the Asia XI team. It has been a while since we sent the names because the Bangladesh board needed the list from BCCI to be able to prepare the Asian squad,” said the source as per the Times of India.
But with India also hosting South Africa for a ODI series in the same period, it will be interesting to see if all of the four skips the final ODI against South Africa to take part in the World XI vs Asia XI match on 18 March.
In another news, a PCB source also revealed that Pakistani players will not be a part of the fixtures due to PSL commitments. “The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22. Since dates of both the series couldn’t be changed, we offered our regrets to the BCB, both verbally and in writing, which they understood and accepted,” a PCB spokesperson had clarified.
“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers,” he had added.