Virat Kohli and Babar Azam
Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. (Photograph by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC through Getty Photos)

Two of the perfect batters of the trendy period, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam would possibly get to play alongside one another for the primary time if experiences round Afro-Asia Cup 2023 are to be believed. The event was final held in 2007 with MS Dhoni participating in it. In its 2005 version, Shahid Afridi joined fingers with the likes of Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag on the identical facet.

India and Pakistan haven’t performed a bilateral sequence since 2012-13 because of the political points between the nations. The final time the 2 nations met was within the 2021 T20 World Cup the place the Males in Inexperienced thrashed India by ten wickets. The Afro-Asia Cup will function one facet with prime gamers from the Asian continent whereas the opponents can have gamers from the African continent.

Our plan is for the perfect gamers from India and Pakistan to be enjoying: ACC head

ACC head of business and occasions, Prabhakaran Thanraj talked about that they’re engaged on the white paper whereas noting his need to see the India and Pakistan cricketers in motion collectively. He added that the sponsorship and broadcasting particulars will come alongside as soon as the event will get confirmed by the respective boards.

“We haven’t bought affirmation from the boards but. We’re nonetheless engaged on the white paper and will probably be submitted to each boards. However our plan is for the perfect gamers from India and Pakistan to be enjoying within the Asian XI. As soon as plans are finalized we’ll go into the marketplace for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It is going to be a large occasion. Actually, actually huge,” Thanraj instructed Forbes.

Sumod Damodar, chairman of the African Cricket Affiliation and a member of the influential Chief Executives’ Committee, felt that the event shall be a fantastic alternative for the followers to witness the gamers from India and Pakistan in the identical group.

“I might like to see the chance to construct the bridge and permit the gamers to play collectively. I’m certain the gamers need it to occur and to maintain the politics away from it. It might be a good looking factor to see gamers from Pakistan and India enjoying on the identical group,” Damodar mentioned.