As part of the revival of the Afro-Asia Cup scheduled for mid-2023, leading cricketers from rivals India and Pakistan are scheduled to play on the same team, Forbes reported Friday.
The two teams last competed against each other in 2007. The competition is set to return next year, with top players from both sides teaming up.
In the mid-2000s, the Asian XI included Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi alongside India’s Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, while the African XI included players from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.
According to the report, the updated version, which will be played in the T20 format, will be held in June-July of next year, with discussions beginning at the ICC board meeting in April between Shah, Sumod Damodar, the new chairman of the African Cricket Association, and Mahinda Vallipuram, the ACC chairman of the development committee and an Associate Member director on the ICC board.
“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,” ACC head of commercial and events Prabhakaran Thanraj said In.
“But our plan is for the best players from India and Pakistan to be playing in the Asian XI. Once the plans are finalised, we will seek sponsorship and a broadcaster.
“It will be a huge event.” “Really, really big,” he continued.
The Afro-Asian Cup is expected to become an annual event, with players from Associate nations participating.