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There has been a lot of speculation over which Indian cricketers will feature in the Asia XI team, for the two Asia XI versus World XI matches which are scheduled to be played on March 21 and 22 in Dhaka, as a part of the birth centenary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, who is also regarded as the father of Bangladesh.

Some names have erupted time and again but no confirmation from the Indian board has surfaced till date. While the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced six Indian names including skipper Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan as part of the Asia XI squad.

However, the latest report has stated that BCCI is yet to decide on the final names for the two Twenty20 matches.

BCCI To Confirm Asia XI Names Only After Determining Players’ Workload:

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“The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sent a wish list of 10 names and we are supposed to send five players. As of now, we have not confirmed any names. All the players including the skipper will undergo tests to check their level of workload. Only then we will give the names,” a senior BCCI source told PTI.

“It will now depend whether Kohli gives his consent or not. Don’t forget that the IPL will involve extensive travelling and once it’s over, there are a number of overseas T20 series lined up,” another senior official privy to the development said.

Asia XI vs World XI: BCCI To Confirm Names Only After Determining Players' Workload
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The Indian team is scheduled to return to India on March 6 and will assemble in Dharamsala on March 10 before the three-match ODI series against South Africa starting from March 12.

Before the South Africa ODI series, players will undergo mandatory medical tests including workload monitoring assessment only after which the BCCI will confirm the names for the Asia XI and World XI matches.

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