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    Indian And Pakistani Cricketers Set To Team Up In A Reboot Of The Afro-Asia Cup

    In a rare occurrence, amid a “massive event” hoped to foster better relations between the bitter rivals, star cricketers from foes India and Pakistan are set to play on the same team as part of a reboot of the Afro-Asia Cup earmarked for mid-2023.

    Frosty government relations and political differences between the neighboring countries have spilled over into cricket, where the sport’s most passionate rivalry sadly only occurs in ICC events such as World Cups.

    The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was in 2012-13 and they haven’t played Tests against each other since 2007 even though there is now the advent of the so-called World Test Championship.

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    Pakistani cricketers don’t play in the financial behemoth Indian Premier League, while Indians are absent from the Pakistan Super League. In other words, it’s very rare to see players from these countries on the same field and every time they do it’s an absolute money-spinner attracting record television ratings.

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    It’s little wonder World Cup formats have been purposely reconfigured over the years to ensure that India and Pakistan play each other.

    While there is tumult between the countries which flows on to the boards, administrators know the huge windfall if the teams play each other and the wider associated benefits.

    The Asia Cup, which hasn’t been held since 2018, is set to be played annually - flipping between T20 and ODI formats - to ensure the lucrative India and Pakistan contests become just a little bit more regular.

    Tapping back into the past is the planned revival of the Afro-Asia Cup - which was played in 2005 and 2007 before petering out due to broadcast and political issues - resulting in the potential for Pakistani and Indian cricketers uniting in a showpiece event part of a rebrand from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) led by India’s governing body boss Jay Shah.

    Back in the mid-2000s, the Asian XI featured Pakistan stars Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi rubbing shoulders with India counterparts Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, while the African XI was a mix of players from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

    The updated version, played in the T20 format, is earmarked for June-July next year with discussions snowballing at April’s ICC board meeting between Shah, new chairman of African Cricket Association Sumod Damodar and ACC chairman of development committee Mahinda Vallipuram, who is also an Associate Member director on the ICC board.

    Further discussions are set for next month’s ICC Annual General Meeting, where the Afro-Asia Cup - along with a slew of ACC initiatives aiming to develop women’s, Associates and junior cricket - is likely to be officially ratified and a host potentially determined.

    There is, of course, the possibility of the traditionally bickering boards not coming to the party but, right now, hopes are high. “We haven’t got confirmation from the boards yet,” ACC head of commercial and events Prabhakaran Thanraj told me. “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.”

    If all goes to plan, it could represent a thawing between the boards of India and Pakistan. "I would love to see the opportunity to build the bridge and allow the players to play together,” said Damodar who is on the influential Chief Executives’ Committee and is contemplating running for next month’s Associate Member Directors contest for coveted spots on the all-powerful ICC board.

    “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 team.”

    The plan is for the Afro-Asia Cup to become an annual fixture and also feature players from Associate nations. "The Afro-Asia Cup is a premium product and from a revenue perspective that's where we would generate more income,” said Damodar. “What we pump back can go back to the members, particularly in Africa which needs more support.

    "Africa has a lot to benefit because Asia is a powerhouse. It's a relationship I was keen to foster and develop.”

    Unlike in the mid-2000s, which was all about the headline act, pathways will be established to include U16 and U19 Afro-Asia Cups to mimic a growing ACC, which is set to soon unveil new initiatives, including U19 Women’s Asia Cup, U13 and U16 Asia Junior Cup and ACC West and East Cups for Associates to qualify for Asia Cups.

    “It’s an opportunity to grow players across the region through emerging pathways,” said Vallipuram, the ex-Malaysian cricket boss who will recontest his position on the ICC board.

    “It’s all about preparing players and giving them right kinds of exposure. The ACC sees itself to prepare and develop and give all countries a chance to play not only within Asia but also on the world stage.

    “We recognize the monetization and commercialization of these properties will help us put funds back into cricket.”

    It will surely all add to a tightening of an already cramped cricket calendar, likely to be further squeezed by an expanded Indian Premier League, but the BCCI is invested in the bold ACC plans led by a determined Shah, who is looming as a potential candidate for the ICC chair election later this year.

    “We have reactivated the whole Asian Cricket Council to see what we can do with this property,” Thanraj said. “We also want to give confidence to the upcoming cricket nations and develop cricket broadly.”

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    It should be Asia v Rest of the World rather than Africa v Asia.

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    Ok so they can't play against each other outside of ICC events but its fine to play with each other?

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    Already schedules are ridiculously hectic with domestic leagues, international cricket and the ICC trying to squeeze in extra tournaments and now they want such gimmicks?

    Should be binned for good measure.


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    Intresting proposal, could help ease relations and tensions/ open doors for Pak and Ind to resume nilateral/ipl relations, however sounds more like a pipe dream that will never take off.

    Defo one to unite this forum if it ever becomes a reality

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    Pakistan should refuse this, this is ridiculous. I don't want them playing together for all the hatred Pakistan gets. I like the world cup rivalry and let's just keep it to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Pakistan should refuse this, this is ridiculous. I don't want them playing together for all the hatred Pakistan gets. I like the world cup rivalry and let's just keep it to that.
    Ohhhh stop whinging!

    This needs to happen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Ohhhh stop whinging!

    This needs to happen!!
    No it does not. About time Pakistanis had some dignity. Stop being India's puppets. Have some self respect.

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    Afro-Asia Cup wasn't very entertaining last time.

    I would love to see Asia-ROW (rest of world) Cup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    No it does not. About time Pakistanis had some dignity. Stop being India's puppets. Have some self respect.
    Cricket isn’t just about watching Babar and Rizwan piling on runs at a strike rate of 120 against Zimbabwe and West Indies!

    We want to watch cricket due to the reason we are pakistan fans in the first place, we want to play with/against India!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    There is, of course, the possibility of the traditionally bickering boards not coming to the party but, right now, hopes are high.“We haven’t got confirmation from the boards yet,” ACC head of commercial and events Prabhakaran Thanraj told me. “We are still working on the white paper and it will be submitted to both boards.


    Yeah this is not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Cricket isn’t just about watching Babar and Rizwan piling on runs at a strike rate of 120 against Zimbabwe and West Indies!

    We want to watch cricket due to the reason we are pakistan fans in the first place, we want to play with/against India!
    Then watch IPL. You don't represent Pakistan, Indians hate us and keep keep shooting us down whenever we request for a bilateral but you wanna lick their boots and go one step further to play alongside them. Babar and Rizwan are our pride and we're happy to see them play even if it's against Zimbabwe.
    Last edited by Firebat; 17th June 2022 at 20:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Wow


    ODI XI

    Imam
    Rohit
    Babar
    Kohli
    Pant (wk)
    Pandya
    Shadab
    Jadeja
    Shaheen
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    Imam

    I can't stop laughing.

    Other than that, the team selection is perfect.

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    To be a true Pakistan cricket fan, you have to believe that the entire purpose of our interest in this game is look forward to play against India.

    The game is meaningless for us if we are not going to play against India. You are NOT a Pakistan or an Indian cricket fan if this isn’t the purpose of you watching the sport

    It’s that simple
    It’s this intense
    This is the rivalry

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Imam

    I can't stop laughing.

    Other than that, the team selection is perfect.
    He’s no.2 ODI ranked in the world

    He will get you 60-80 runs at a sr of 90+ these days. The guy will hold one end for the others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    He’s no.2 ODI ranked in the world

    He will get you 60-80 runs at a sr of 90+ these days. The guy will hold one end for the others
    Fine average but he doesn't have enough shots to be playing white ball cricket and this can be reflected by his low 80s strike rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Then watch IPL. You don't represent Pakistan, Indians hate us and keep keep shooting us down whenever we request for a bilateral but you wanna lick their boots and go one step further to play alongside them. Babar and Rizwan are our pride and we're happy to see them play even if it's against Zimbabwe.
    Small team mentality. Getting overjoyed by our heroes bashing Zimbabwe.

    What is the world coming to?!
    Last edited by Firebat; 17th June 2022 at 20:55.

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    So the general premise is that BCCI does not want PCB to benefit financially by allowing India v Pakistan matches or by banning Pakistan players in the IPL.

    So when both those teams square off in the Asia Cup - who is actually making money? The Asian Cricket Council? Is that the reason why BCCI does not object to India playing against Pakistan in other non-bilateral fora since the money made off of it does not go directly into PCB coffers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Small team mentality. Getting overjoyed by our heroes bashing Zimbabwe.

    What is the world coming to?!
    This is what has been normalised by Misbah-Rizwan fans due to the absence of a proper nemesis (India)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    This is what has been normalised by Misbah-Rizwan fans due to the absence of a proper nemesis (India)
    Yes and when Misbah used to play against India, it always felt like India had the 12th man - as we witnessed in Mohali.

    I have no issues with Rizwan's selection but some of his biggest fans are from the Misbah's followers, who somehow find a way to give their hero all the credit for his knock against India.

    We then wonder why Pakistan cricket is going downhill.
    Last edited by topspin; 17th June 2022 at 20:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Wow


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    Shami
    I'm a huge fan of Imam and have always been. Supported him here when PP used to bash him no end. He's a great asset for Pakistan but in a combined Indo-Pak XI, he doesn't make the list for me. I would open the innings with Kohli-Rohit or Babar-Rohit. Would allow another power hitter to come into the middle order then. If you have both Babar and Kohli in one team, you cannot waste their talent by one of them coming in at number 4.

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    Sarfaraz Ahmed ranks above Pant in ODI ranking, Rizwan is even lower shocking, feels like I haven’t been following ODI like I used to.

    Also Imam is #2 why wouldn’t he be in the team lol.

    I would play Rahul/Dhawan over Pandya.

    Man Indo-Pak ODI doesn’t inspire any confidence anymore I can see us losing to Aus-Eng combination easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Small team mentality. Getting overjoyed by our heroes bashing Zimbabwe.

    What is the world coming to?!
    Small team mentality is shown by those being overjoyed by the idea of playing alongside Indians and bashing their own players for the standards. Please note the word "even" in my post.
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th June 2022 at 09:31.

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    One word: BCCI

    This wont happen.


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    I expect an Asian T20 team to have players from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.

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    I don't see how this will improve Pak-Bharat relations. I hope it doesn't happen. Complete waste off time that will hold no interest at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Small team mentality is shown by those being overjoyed by the idea of playing alongside Indians and bashing their own players for the standards. Please note the word "even" in my post.
    Lol so according to this poster, small team mentality is when you play alongside Indians (half of their team are world class) but bashing Zimbabwe isn't.
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    Cannot see the BCCI entertaining this at all.

    No way will they be happy about this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Lol so according to this poster, small team mentality is when you play alongside Indians (half of their team are world class) but bashing Zimbabwe isn't.
    I don't think you're familiar with dignity and self respect. Constantly begging someone to play with you and then drooling over the idea of playing alongside them is a beggars mentality. I'd much rather play with the likes of Zimbabwe and WIndies than constantly beg India only for them to shoot us down. Stop begging them to play against us or alongside us. This is why I want Pakistan to refuse it before BCCI does.
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    India, Pakistan players may line up together under Afro-Asia Cup revival plan

    NEW DELHI, June 30 (Reuters) - India's Virat Kohli could line up beside Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in the same team next year with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) planning to revive the Afro-Asia Cup.

    The 50-overs series was first played in 2005 before being discontinued after its next edition in 2007 as relations between India and Pakistan soured.

    Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene led an Asia XI that also included players from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the last edition, beating an Africa side comprising cricketers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya 3-0.

    India and Pakistan have suspended bilateral cricket and their players do not take part in the other country's T20 leagues, but the arch-rivals still draw massive crowds whenever they face each other at global tournaments.

    ACC President Jay Shah, also the secretary of the influential Indian board, told Reuters the Cup's return may get rubber-stamped at an ACC meeting next month.

    "We have gone through some proposals on this subject," he said.

    "It is a premium tournament which will not only generate revenue but also help develop cricket in Africa. We are currently working on the legal aspects."

    The ACC will look 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 programmes for junior and women's cricket.

    "These will be tabled during our meeting where these measures will be ratified and put into action," Shah added.

    https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sp...an-2022-06-30/


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    Talking about small team mentality and playing Zimbabwe, the combined squad will be from Zimbabwe, Kenya anyhow apart from one big team South Africa.

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    I think reviving Asia vs Rest of the World would be a better idea , would certainly provide stronger opposition then a team of SA,ZIM and KEN.

    Unless Australasia and the Americas get included and we could make a whole t20 series of it.

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    These series make sense at U16 and U19. It gives some exposure to players to different peer environments and conditions.

    At top level it is just exhibition match with some players shoehorned into XI from smaller countries for representation.

    Ofcourse India cannot spare their top players for such joke series but as goodwill gesture maybe some of the A squad can go like Hooda, Gaikwad.

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    Rebooting the Australasia cup would’ve been a lot more attractive, both business and quality wise.

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