This article depicts the probable Asia 11 that might feature in the Afro-Asia Cup 2023.
Cricket fans from all over the world are in craze as the news of the ever-exciting Afro-Asia Cup whirls in the air. Asia Cricket Council (ACC) aims to revive the Afro-Asia Cup in 2023 if the cricket boards of the respective nations agree to it.
The Afro-Asia Cup is played between the cricketing nations of the Asia and Africa continents. It took place twice in 2005 and 2007. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Inzamam Ul Haq, Md. Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas featured from the Asia 11.
Words from the ACC
“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 market for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It will be a massive event. Really, really big,” Prabhakaran Thanraj, the ACC’s head of commercial and events, told Forbes earlier this week.
Over the years, cricket experts have always mentioned that India & Pakistan Cricket Team combined would form the most dangerous side in the world. To watch Virat Kohli & Babar Azam, two of the modern masters play together for the same team is a dream for all. Similarly, Jasprit Bumrah sharing the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi can be a nightmare for batsmen.
Probable Asia 11 that might Feature in the Afro-Asia Cup 2023
Taking into account the fact that all the players are available, the probable Asia 11 that might feature in the Afro-Asia Cup 2023 are:
Rohit Sharma has undoubtedly been one of the best openers in the world in recent times. He along with the master Babar Azam is as good an opening duo as one can get.
Virat Kohli-Shakib Al Hasan-Md. Rizwan-Hardik Pandya-Dasun Shanaka forms the perfect 3-4-5-6-7. Virat Kohli needs no explanation. He is an automatic selection. Shakib is still the best spin-bowling all-rounder from Asia. Md. Rizwan has better stats in the limited-overs format as compared to Rishabh Pant. Also concerning recent form, he is the best wicketkeeper-batsman available.
Hardik Pandya and Dasun Shanaka have displayed the finishing skills they possess. Also, their all-round ability provides a great balance to the side. Thus they fill the lower middle order.
The dream fast-bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah & Shaheen Afridi clubbed with the wrist spin of Rashid Khan & Yuzi Chahal forms the strongest bowling line-up for the Asia 11.
Probable Asia 11
|SHAKIB AL HASAN|