BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wants an exhibition match between an Asia XI vs World XI
Sourav Ganguly has already made some big decisions during his short tenure as the BCCI president and could make another one regarding an Asia XI vs World XI clash.
The former India captain conducted the first day-night Test for the giants as they convincingly defeated Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens.
India were dominant in that clash and won that series 2-0. The Men in Blue also opened a huge lead in the ICC World Test Championship, but another big match could be in the offering.
Cricket has seen several exhibition matches held over the years, and one of the biggest draws has been a combined team of top stars.
An Asia XI and World XI clash has been played in the past with some held for noble causes.
In 2005, a Tsunami appeal match was held with the Asia XI losing out to the ICC World XI.
A one-off clash between the two teams took place in 2000 with the Asia XI beating the World XI by just one run.
That Asian team featured some great players such as Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Ganguly.
The BCCI president was speaking during the general meeting of the board. Ganguly claimed he needed the ICC’s approval and was quoted by the Indian Express (h/t Statesman):
“The game between Asia XI and World XI will be subjected to ICC’s approval.”
Ahmedabad the venue for Asia XI vs World XI
The report claims that the under-construction Sardar Patel stadium is the venue for the clash to be held next year.
The new ground would be the largest cricket stadium in the world and should be ready by March 2020.
Additionally, the stadium will have several features such as an indoor training facility and an Olympic sized swimming pool.
The cost of the venue is close to Rs 700 crore and will have a capacity of 110,000. This would be higher than the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ganguly certainly seems to be doing a lot of great things since taking over the president’s role of the BCCI.
It will be interesting to see when the match gets sanctioned and which players could feature for this clash.
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