Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will organize two Asia XI vs. World XI T20 matches in March 2020. Bangladesh has organized this series to celebrate the centenary of the nation’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The two matches of T20 will be played on March 18 and 21 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
WILL INDIAN PLAYERS AND PAKISTAN PLAYERS Play TOGETHER?
BCB had requested all Asian nations to allow their players to play in the series. The Bangladesh Board requested BCCI to allow 7 Indian players for the Event. The players that BCB wants are MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rohit Sharma. Meanwhile, BCCI confirmed that they will send 5 Indian players to Bangladesh. However, which players will go to Bangladesh, this decision corresponds to the president of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly.
PCB Ehsan Mani
Fans were excited to see Indian and Pakistani players playing for Asia XI. But it will not happen since Pakistani players will not be available for the tournament, as they will be busy playing the Pakistan Super League in March. The head of PCB, Ehsan Mani, said: “The Asian XI match is during the PSL. We explored with BCB the possibility of changing the date of the match, but BCB could not do it for understandable reasons. ”
WILL MS DHONI PLAY ASIA XI AGAINST WORLD XI?
MS Dhoni is out of action since the World Cup expulsion. He did not appear in any competitive cricket this year after the World Cup. India’s limited series will also be lost against Sri Lanka and Australia in January. Dhoni was on the list of 7 BCB Indian players who want to see in Asia XI. As no Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson are on the list of the Asia XI vs. World XI series, BCCI could name MS Dhoni among the 5 players they will announce soon.
The first T20 game in the series is scheduled to play on March 18 and the same day India will play with South Africa in an ODI match at Eden Gardens. Therefore, it is very likely that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma miss the Asia XI vs. World XI series. But Dhoni could play as he needs to appear in another competitive cricket before appearing on the India team.
If Dhoni plays, then it won’t be the first time he will play for Asia XI. In 2007, Dhoni was part of Asia XI for the 3-ODI series against Africa XI. Dhoni had scored 174 races, including a century for the Asian team that was led by Mahela Jayawardene. The team had demonstrated complete dominance in the series by beating Africa XI 3-0.