The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have intentions of reviving the Afro-Asia Cup for the year of 2023. Until now, the Afro-Asia Cup has only been played twice i.e., in the year 2005 and then in 2007. The first tournament involved a three-match ODI series and the last was a one-off T20. Now with the news of renewal of the tournament, there are chances of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam to play in one team. Not only Kohli but some renowned names from Indian as well as Pakistan Cricket Team such as Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan can come together and play for a single team.
Virat Kohli And Babar Azam To Play In One Team:
Since the year 2012, India has not played any bilateral series with Pakistan. This has happened as a consequence of the political tensions brewing in both the countries. However, the Indian team do face Pakistan in multi-nation events. Most of them are the ICC tournaments i.e., ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup and Asia Cup.
Now, that the ACC have plans to revive the Afro-Asia Cup, cricketers from all over Asia, specifically, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be participating in the tournament. However, the wish of many fans to see the Indian players combined with the Pakistani cricketers in a single team will only be fulfilled, if this plan will be confirmed officially.
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The head of commercial and events from ACC, Prabhakaran Thanraj stated that they’re working on the submission of the plan to both of the boards. “We haven’t got information from the boards yet. We’re still working on the white paper and it’ll be submitted to both boards. But out plan is for the best players from India and Pakistan to be playing in the Asian XI. Once plans are finalized we’ll go into the market for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It’ll be a massive event. Really, really big.”
Also, Damodar, a member of the Influential Chief Executives’ Committee mentioned that it’d be very beautiful to see Pakistani and Indian cricketers to come together for the game of cricket. “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 thing.”