Asia XI vs World XI: Why Pakistan Cricketers Are Not Part of Asia XI Squad?

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Asia XI vs World XI: Why Pakistan Cricketers Are Not Part of Asia XI Squad? 

Asia XI vs World XI: Why Pakistan Cricketers Are Not Part of Asia XI Squad?
India vs Pakistan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Tuesday, announced the squad of Asia XI and World XI for the two-match series which will be played on 18th and 21st March respectively. The much-awaited clash is being hosted by Bangladesh, to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation — Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Asia XI squad includes big names like Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Chirs Gayle, and many more. But no Pakistan’s cricketer is included in the squad.

Reason for Pakistan players’ exclusion:

It created confusion among fans as not a single name of Pakistani cricketer was not included in the much-awaited squad. There were speculations that the strained relationship between India and Pakistan is the sole reason that behind the Pakistani players’ absence from the Asia XI squad.

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Pakistan national cricket team (Image Credit|: Google)

Well, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given different reasons. The PCB could not send any of their players for the series between Asia XI and World XI because of the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The ongoing league will end on 22 March while Asia XI vs World XI ends on 21st March. Thus the PCB denied BCB’s request to send their players for the series.

“The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22. Since the dates of both the series couldn’t be changed, we offered our regrets to the BCB, both verbally and in writing, which they understood and accepted,” a PCB spokesperson had previously said.

India-Pakistan, ICC
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers.”

Asia XI Squad for face World XI :

KL Rahul (one game), Virat Kohli (TBD), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Mohd. Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Liton Das, T Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, T Perera, Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lasith Malinga, Mujeeb Ur Rehman. (Virat Kohli’s selection subject to confirmation)

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