The birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being celebrated in various ways. BCB had earlier announced that Bangladesh will host two Twenty20 matches in Asia XI and World XI. However, even though Asia is called XI, it may not be a place for any Pakistani cricketer! The recent rivalry between India and Pakistan is working behind this.
The political rivalry between the two countries is quite old. Because of that, the two-nation cricket series is not regular. The last bilateral series they played was in 2002. In this context, if anyone thinks Pakistan or India cricketers will be in the Asia XI match in Dhaka in March, that might be wrong. The chances of that happening are very low.
The Indian Cricket Control Board (BCCI) has clarified its reluctance to play Pakistani players in Asia XI.
Bangladesh does not want to play Test in Pakistan because of security concerns. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said, after the announcement of Bangladesh,
“India is at greater security risk than Pakistan at the moment.” He also said, “This series will fail like three-dimensional theory.”
The Board has added more to Indian cricket with these two comments. Earlier today, The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) demanded that
“no Pakistani cricketer be invited to the T20 International in Bangladesh”.
BCCI’s joint general secretary Jaish George told the news agency IANS, “What we have learned is that there will be no Pakistani cricketer in Asia XI. That is the message, so there is no question of the two countries coming together or joining the party. ‘
The ICC will recognize these two international matches in March. In that, Asia will play five cricketers from India. BCCI president Sourav will play a role in the party’s election. “BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will decide which eight cricketers to play in Asia XI,” Jayesh George said. see more