The cricket fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming two-match Asia XI – World XI series in Bangladesh to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of their Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that there will be five Indian players participating the in the tournament next year. The games will take place on March 18 and 21, 2020 in Mirpur. Both the games will have international status.
The Asia XI will feature players mostly from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that no players from their country will take part in the series. Meanwhile, top Indian players are unlikely to tour Bangladesh because of their commitment with the national team. India will be playing an ODI series against South Africa when the Asia XI vs World XI series starts in Bangladesh. The three-match ODI series ends on March 18, the same day the series in Bangladesh starts.
As a result, BCCI will send second-string cricketers and players who are coming from injuries to perform in the international stage and be in the good book of the selectors.
We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at five Indian cricket who could be a part of the Asia XI squad:
Manish Pandey has been a regular feature in the limited-overs squads since the ICC World Cup 2019. He was a part of the playing XI against West Indies but failed to make the most of the opportunity and since then, had to wait in the wings for another chance.
The dashing batsman who hails from Karnataka had exceptional returns during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy helping his side to lift the trophy. Pandey will look to stage good scores during the exhibition tournament as he will be keen to break through the Indian team in the limited-overs.