India and Pakistan cricketers could line up as part of Afro-Asian Cup stimulus package | Cricket News



NEW DELHI: India’s Virat Kohli could line up alongside Pakistani skipper Babar Azam in the same squad next year as the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) plans to revive the Afro-Asian Cup.
The 50-overs series was first played in 2005 before being discontinued after its next run in 2007 as relations between India and Pakistan soured.
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene led an Asian XI which also included players from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the last edition, beating an African side made up of cricketers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya 3-0.
India and Pakistan have suspended bilateral cricket and their players are not taking part in the other country’s T20 leagues, but the arch-rivals still draw massive crowds whenever they face off in global tournaments.
ACC chairman Jay Shah, also BCCI secretary, told Reuters the return of the Cup could be approved at an ACC meeting next month.
“We looked at some proposals on this,” he said.
“This is a premium tournament which will not only generate revenue but also help in the development of cricket in Africa. We are currently working on the legal aspects.”
The ACC will seek to identify a venue for the competition on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council’s annual general meeting in Birmingham, where it will also seek to ratify its development programs for junior and women’s cricket.
“These will be tabled at our meeting where these measures will be ratified and implemented,” Shah added.


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