The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday announced the Asia XI squad which will face a World XI in a T20 series to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father.
KL Rahul (one game*), Virat Kohli*, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav are among the six Indians in the 15-man squad, However, Kohli’s selection is subject to confirmation, ESPNCricinfo reported.
Considering the hectic schedule of the Indian team, it remains to be seen if the Indian captain makes himself available for the games scheduled in Dhaka between March 18 to 22.
A week before the games, India will host South Africa for a three-match ODI series from March 12 in Dharamsala. The second game will be played in Lucknow on March 15 and third in Kolkata on March 18. The IPL also starts on March 29.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said, “We have already received four names from India. We haven’t signed contracts but Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, and Mohammed Shami are supposed to come. They have said KL Rahul and Virat Kohli will play one game each, but that hasn’t been finalised.”
“Players like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have finalised with us, from Afghanistan. Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane will play while from Sri Lanka, we will have Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera,” Hassan said, according to an ESPNCricinfo report.
The BCB president confirmed Bangladesh players Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah and Liton Das would be available.
“Bairstow is definitely coming. Ngidi is coming. Chris Gayle is supposed to play. Faf du Plessis. We will have some of the best players around. We are uncertain about Pakistan since the PSL is will be ongoing. We will invite some of the cricketing greats,” added Hassan.
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Alex Hales, Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis (c), Nicholas Pooran, Brendan Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Kieron Pollard, Adil Rashid, Sheldon Cottrell, Lungi Ngidi, Andrew Tye, Mitchell McClenaghan.