India won’t host Asia XI v World XI match

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:23pm on January 22, 2020

The plan of holding a third Twenty20 match between Asia XI and World XI has been scratched off as India, who wanted to host the additional match, have backed off from their previous stance, a Bangladesh Cricket Board official confirmed on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board was planning to host a two-match Twenty20 series in March, 2020 to commemorate the birth centenary of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Board of Control of Cricket in India then showed interest to host a match of the series in their new stadium in Ahmedabad given that they finish its construction in time and the BCB also agreed to include it as the third match of the series.

But BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury after his meeting with the BCCI officials informed the media that India have backtracked from their initial interest as the stadium will not be completed in time.

‘A [third] match was supposed to take place. They [BCCI] wanted to inaugurate a big stadium. But, now maybe they are not doing it. It will take more time to build the stadium. Our two matches are going to take place as they were supposed to,’ Nizamuddin told reporters in Mirpur.

The BCB CEO met BCCI chief Sourav Ganguli on Tuesday in Kolkata, India to discuss about different aspects of organising the event and ensure players’ availability from India.

‘Broadcasters, event management, they are all very important. Especially in an occasion like this, player availability is the most important thing. We wanted to share these things. As he is the BCCI president, for us his opinion is very important,’ he said.

Nizamuddin also said that the board has already shortlisted the players they wanted for the event and are now in talks with different boards to ensure their participation.

‘The names of the players shortlisted for the Asia XI and World XI have been sent to their respective boards. Now we are waiting to see who are interested to play.

‘We are communicating with almost everyone. As I said, we are contacting every player who are in our list. There are a few complications that we need to work on. There are some cases where there is an ongoing series or there is a series starting right after the event. On those cases, we are working on how we can ensure their participation,’ he said.

The matches are scheduled to take place on March 18 and 21 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.