Afro-Asia Cup: In the Afro-Asia Cup, players from India and Pakistan are seen playing together in the same team. The competition took place in 2005 and 2007. In the first edition of the tournament, 3 ODIs were played. In the second edition, in addition to 3 ODIs, a T20 match was also played. Jay Shah, president of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) and secretary of the BCCI, told Reuters that the return of the cup could be sealed at the ACC meeting next month.
Help for the development of cricket
Jai Shah said, “We have seen some proposals on this issue. It is a premium tournament that will not only generate revenue but also help in the development of cricket in Africa. We are currently working on legal matters.
India-Pakistan bilateral series are not playing
However, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt is not in favor of cricketers from both the countries playing together in the tournament. According to Butt, the two countries do not play against each other in bilateral matches and therefore Pakistan should not be asked to participate in the Afro-Asia Cup. Butt said on his official YouTube channel, “If that happened, would they play together? Wouldn’t policymakers object?”
India will not object
“India do not want to play against us without ICC matches,” he said. Since the Afro-Asia Cup is a professional practice, will they (cricketers) play together? Why would they (India) object to this? If so, Pakistan should say no. The former Pakistan captain said, “If you want to play, play well, otherwise don’t play at all.”
Jayawardene took command
In the last edition of the Afro-Asia Cup in 2007, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene led the Asia XI. It also featured players from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The team defeated South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya 3-0 for Africa.
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