The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has despatched the names of skipper Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan and Kuldeep Yadav to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) because the latter will get prepared to host two T20Is between Asia XI and World XI to rejoice the 100th anniversary of their founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The matches will probably be performed on the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on March 18 and 21.
Sources in the know of developments stated that Ganguly had despatched the names to BCB after the provision of gamers have been checked.
“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,” the supply stated.
Initially there have been severe doubts on who all could be a part of the Asia XI squad as Pakistan gamers kind an integral a part of cricket in the subcontinent and cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have hit a roadblock in current years.
But BCCI Joint Secretary Jayesh George had clarified that there could be no Pakistan gamers invited for the match.
“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,” he had stated.
But the Pakistan Cricket Board had clarified that it wasn’t in regards to the BCB selecting BCCI over PCB and it was a case of the Pakistan gamers being unavailable as they might be busy taking part in in the Pakistan Super League.
“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 stated.
“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers.”
Speaking on the composition of the squads, BCB President Nazmul Hassan had stated: “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.”