Seeing the Coronavirus outbreak across the globe the match between Asia XI and World XI has been postponed. There is still no official confirmation yet but still it is expected the two match series will take place after IPL, in Dhaka. The two match series is held to celebrate the birth century of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Earlier first match was scheduled to take place on 18th March and second on 22nd March.
The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) is putting all the possible efforts to adjust the match and provide hospitality to the players seeing the Coronavirus threat.The teams included in Asia XI are India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal. The teams included in World XI are West Indies, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
Asia XI Squad
KL Rahul, Dhawan, V. Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Thisara Parera, Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamin Iqbal, Musfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mahmudullah
World XI Squad
Alex Hales, Chris Gayle, Faf Duplesis, Brendon Taylor, Nicholus Pooran, Johny Bairstow, Keiron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Lungi Ngidi, Andre Tye, M. Mclenaghan.
As of now there is no official confirmation regarding the availability of Virat Kohli, but it is expected that V. Kohli and KL Rahul will be only available for one match and the rest of the players will be available for both the matches. The World XI will be lead by former South African Captain Faf Du Plesis.
Why No Availability Of Pakistan Players?
The biggest highlight of this 2 match series was, no inclusion of Pakistani players in Asia’s XI. Why Pakistan which is number one T20 side and Babar Azam who ranks number 1 in ICC World T20 ranking is not included in Asia XI is the biggest question?
Earlier the counter to that was, for the ongoing PSL there is no availability of Pakistani players but now after the matches has been postponed it would be interesting to see if BCB includes Pakistani players.
It is assumed the power of BCCI lead BCB not to include Pakistani players. Seeing the present political turmoil between India and Pakistan and seeing the cricket history for last 5 years it is very clear that BCCI would not have allowed Indian players if there was availability of Pakistani players. And seeing the sponsorship and broadcasting revenue that India generates and brings into the table, BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) will surely not take the risk of inviting Pakistani players.
So is it a right move to exclude Pakistani players from Asia XI is a different topic and everyone will have a different opinion relating to it.
There are surely some big guns missing from Asia XI and World XI. Rohit Sharma who suffered from calf injury, was not made available for Asia XI, Jaspreet Bumrah who just returned back from injury is not a part of Asia XI. The biggest concern for Asia XI is that their pace attack is pretty weak. Except Mohammed Shami there is no such runaway fast bowler who can tear up the opponent.
The form of Lasith Malinga is big concern. Lasith Malinga is not at his prime now. His match fitness is questionable. All depends on Virat Kohli availablity.
What’s something no one wants to see is World XI without kangaroo fire. Big Australian players are missing from World XI like David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc. The crowd will again witness the Universal Boss sending some dozen of ball out of the park in Dhaka. But one of the biggest trouble for World XI is no presence of spinner. In Asian wicket if team doesn’t have spinners it’s something that is questionable.
As all the sporting events are being cancelled seeing the Coronavirus outbreak, so the fans will surely have to wait for few more days to witness this matches.