Why are Pakistan players not involved in Asia XI squad which will face World XI?
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: February 25, 2020 11:41:48 pm

Babar Azam (proper) and Mohammad Hafeez run between the wicket through the second T20I in opposition to Bangladesh at Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo) 

Asia XI and World XI are slated to play a two-match T20I collection on the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on March 18 and 21 as a part of the nationwide celebrations to mark the beginning centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, also known as Bangladesh’s father of the nation.

The two matches, which will reportedly be given official standing by the International Cricket Council (ICC), will characteristic six Indians together with KL Rahul (one sport*), Virat Kohli*, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Mohammad Shami, and Kuldeep Yadav.

The Faf du Plessis-led World XI consists of, amongst others, veteran big-hitters Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. The Asia XI, alternatively, options 4 Bangladeshi players in Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Liton Das.

The Asia XI squad does not characteristic any Pakistani participant.

Last yr Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Joint Secretary Jayesh George had claimed no Pakistan players could be invited to be part of the Asia XI. However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) retorted by stating that BCCI is giving false and deceptive impression about Pakistan players being ignored.

According to a report in the Dawn, it’s not the bilateral relation with India however the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) which prevented the players from collaborating in the occasion.

“The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the HBL PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22. Since the 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 mentioned.

“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers,” he added.

Asia XI vs World XI schedule:

March 18 — 1st T20I
March 21 — 2nd T20I

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