BCCI confirms participation of five players: As many as five players are expected to travel to Bangladesh in March.
BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Joint Secretary Jayesh George has confirmed the participation of five players for the upcoming Asia XI vs World XI matches to be held in Bangladesh in March next year.
It is worth mentioning that according to Sports Tak, BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) had proposed the idea of the tournament to the BCCI after the historic pink ball Test match at the Eden Gardens last month.
The players include veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain Virat Kohli, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bangladesh are planning to organize two T20Is to celebrate the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahma. While it was being assumed that the Asian XI would comprise of players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the participation of Pakistani players remains in doubt now.
BCCI confirms participation of five players
“Our board has decided to send five players. It has been left to the BCCI president [Sourav Ganguly] to decide which five players would go to Bangladesh,” George was quoted as saying to bdcrictime.
While BCCI might not be able to fulfill the request of sending seven players to Bangladesh, participation of five Indian players will sure add meat to the tournament.
Given the Indian board’s stand on not allowing players to play in overseas leagues or tournaments, them allowing five players to play in Bangladesh has come as an interesting change.
What further needs to be seen is which players will travel to Bangladesh as the Indian team is scheduled to host South Africa for an ODI series during the same period as the Asia XI vs World XI matches.