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Predicted Asian XI for the Afro-Asia Cup in 2023

If everything falls into place, then we might see a reboot of the famous Afro-Asia Cup. The tournament was last held in 2007, when players like Mahela Jayawardene and MS Dhoni all played for Asia XI against the Africa XI. Currently, the Asian and African boards are trying to reboot the tournament in 2023, which could mean that Indian and Pakistani players could all play together as part of the Asian XI.

“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 the market for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It will be a massive event. Really, really big,” ACC head of commercial and events Prabhakaran Thanraj was quoted as saying in Forbes.

African Cricket Association chairman Sumod Damodar said he would be on board for seeing such a tournament happen. “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.”

The Forbes report said that the plans was for the Afro-Asia Cup to become an annual competition to raise the platform for Associate nations. ACC wants to grow the profile of the tournament by introducing the U16, U19 Afro-Asia Cups, U19 Women’s Asia Cup, U13 and U16 Asia Junior Cup and ACC West and East Cups for Associates to qualify for Asia Cups.

“The Afro-Asia Cup is a premium product and from a revenue perspective, that’s where we would generate more income. What we pump back can go back to the members, particularly in Africa which needs more support. Africa has a lot to benefit from because Asia is a powerhouse. It’s a relationship I was keen to foster and develop,” Damodar said.

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Predicting the Asian XI for Afro-Asia Cup 2023

Based on current availability and reputation, we think the playing XI would look like this for a T20 match:

1. Rohit Sharma

2. Mohammed Rizwan (wk)

3. Babar Azam

4. Virat Kohli

5. Rishabh Pant

6.Hardik Pandya

7. Shakib Al Hasan

8. Shadab Khan

9. Wanindu Hasaranga

10. Jasprit Bumrah

11. Shaheen Afridi

 

 

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