Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has still not given up on hosting the two international T20 matches between Asia XI and World XI. Bangladesh were set to host the T20Is to celebrate the 100th birthday of their Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The games were scheduled to be played in Dhaka on March 21 and 22 as a part of the celebrations. BCB had also announced two separate squads for Asia XI and World XI. The Indian players who were given the nod to participate in the series were KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami.
However, BCB had to postpone the game in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But the cricket board is still hopeful of hosting the two much-anticipated and much-awaited games. BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed the development, saying that the board still has the plan to host the two games.
“We still have plan to host it [T20 matches between World XI and Asia XI],” Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium last week.
“You know due to the pandemic we had to [postpone] the plans that we had regarding celebrating the birth centenary of the father of the nation. We have not ruled out those plans totally and if the condition allows us we will certainly execute those plans,” he added.
The coronavirus situation is still alarming in Bangladesh but competitive cricket finally resumed in the country after a gap of six months with the three-team 50-over tournament. The first match of the competition took place on Sunday.
Players from Bangladesh national team, High-Performance Unit and selected members of the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup champion squad are featuring in the tournament.
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