Virat Kohli And Babar Azam May Play In The Same XI As ACC Proposes To Restart Afro-Asia Cup Tournament

In what could be a dream come true for cricket lovers from each India and Pakistan, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam may play along one any other because the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is making plans to reboot the Afro-Asia Cup within the T20 structure from 2023 onwards.

The political pressure between each countries has spilt into cricket and thus limited the competition between each countries in terms of bilateral collection. The two facets handiest play in ICC and ACC tournaments with India taking part in an enormous lead over Pakistan in World Cup tournaments.

The Afro-Asia Cup used to be performed two times in 2005 and 2007 in India and South Africa respectively and featured stars from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for the Asia crew and South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe for the Africa crew.

Bangalore, INDIA: Asia XI's cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Africa XI's Steve Tikolo (L) during the first One Day International (ODI) match of the Afro-Asia cup between Asia XI and Africa XI at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, 06 June 2007. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Asia XI scored 317 runs in their alloted 50 overs. In their reply Africa XI scored 55 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 13 overs. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Afro-Asia cup 2007 between Asia XI and Africa XI on the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore,(DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP by means of Getty Images)

Many stars like Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Yousuf, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, and others are featured at the Asian facet.

Afro-Asia Cup To Return In 2023 In T20 Format Featuring Players From India And Pakistan In Same XI

Now the showpiece match is being given a rebranding from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) led by way of India’s governing frame boss Jay Shah. The up to date model, performed within the T20 structure, is earmarked for June-July subsequent yr and discussions with different forums are slated for subsequent month’s ICC Annual General Meeting.

“We haven’t got confirmation from the boards yet. We are still working on the white paper and it will be submitted to both boards. But our plan is for the best players from India and Pakistan to be playing in the Asian XI. Once plans are finalized we will go into market for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It will be a massive event. Really, really big,” ACC head of industrial and occasions Prabhakaran Thanraj used to be quoted by way of Forbes.

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Granted if the whole lot works out then gamers from each countries will illuminate the degree for the entire lovers to revel in.

“I would love to see the opportunity to build the bridge and allow the players to play together. I’m sure the players want it to happen and to keep the politics away from it. It would be a beautiful thing to see players from Pakistan and India playing on the same team,” stated Damodar who’s at the influential Chief Executives’ Committee.

The 2005 version ended up tied at 1-1 because of rain interrupting the 3rd and ultimate ODI, whilst the 2007 version had one T20 fit and three ODIs. Asia XI whitewashed African XI within the ODIs and likewise gained the T20 fit, which failed to have authentic standing as a Twenty20 global or an ordinary Twenty20 fit.

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