The BCB has requested BCCI for the participation of seven top Indian players in the Asia XI vs World XI T20Is.
India recently announced its squads for the West Indies series. Former skipper MS Dhoni was yet again not named in the squads. Thereby, the wait to witness MS in action seemed furthermore extended. It is speculated that Dhoni will next be seen only in the IPL. However, there is a chance of seeing him in action even before the IPL.
As per a report, the BCB has requested the BCCI for the participation of seven top Indian players. This is for the Asia XI vs World XI T20Is. Two T20Is are scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 18th and 21st, 2020.
The other cricketers requested by the Bangladesh board are :
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“Yes, Bangladesh is scheduled to host two T20 Internationals between Asia XI and Rest of the World. We are in touch with BCCI and other cricket boards of the Asian region to allow their players to be part of these two games,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhary told India Today.
BCB seeks permission for marquee event
This series is an initiative by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to celebrate the centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was the first and second Prime Minister of Bangladesh. BCB President Nazmul Hossain Papon promised to attain services of the world’s best players. This is in his attempt to make it a marquee event. Official status has also been granted to these matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“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.
Previously as well, such tournaments have been held to celebrate events. In 1993, Cricket Association of Bengal staged the Hero Cup. It was to celebrate its diamond jubilee. The BCCI had invited Pakistan for a solitary ODI in 2004 at the Eden Gardens. This was to commemorate its platinum jubilee. The Nidahas Trophy in 2018 was to celebrate Bangladesh’s 70th independence.
The BCB accepted the BCCI’s request to play a D/N Test. So, it was the first-ever ‘Pink Test‘ for both sides. As a result, BCCI might allow its marquee players. However, there is an issue here. India plays the final ODI of the three-match series against South Africa on 18th. Allowing the big names in such a scenario seems highly unlikely. But, on the contrary, Dhoni is unlikely to be in the national squad. Therefore , there is a chance that Dhoni might feature for the Asia XI.
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