Afro Asia Cup 2007
Third ODI, Asian XI (3:0): Asia XI Wins Afro Asia Cup 2007
Meanwhile the captain of Asia XI Mahela Jayawardena who made a fine century in yesterday's game and two good knocks in the pervious two games was declared as the Man of the Series. Mahendra Dhoni and Mahela Jayawardene smashed centuries in a world-record stand as Asia posted 331-8 against Africa in the third and final match of the Afro-Asia one-day series here on Sunday.
The pair added 218 for the sixth wicket to pass the previous best of 165, shared by Australians Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin (v West Indies at Kuala Lumpur in 2006) and New Zealanders Craig McMillan and Brendon McCullum (v Australia at Hamilton in 2007). Asia were reeling at 72-5 following Kenyan Peter Ongondo's triple strike before skipper Jayawardene (107) and wicket-keeper Dhoni (139 not out) came to their team's rescue with commendable knocks in hot and humid conditions.
Sri Lankan Jayawardene hammered two sixes and nine fours in a 106-ball knock for his 10th century in one-day internationals before falling in the closing overs.
Asia XI 331 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat Africa XI 318 for 7 (50.0 overs) by 13 runs
Second ODI, Asian XI (2:0): Asia XI beat Africa XI by 32 runs and clinch the series
Chasing 338, Africa XI was bowled out for 306 in 49.5 overs against Asia XI. A solid batting effort swept Asia to 337 and barring two good fifties from Boeta Dippenaar and Mark Boucher the Africa XI failed to impress. Dilhara Fernando picked up a career-best 4 for 36 to lead the bowling honours.
After Asia XI posted a mighty total, Mohammad Asif did the damage early as he removed Africa XI opener AB De Villiers for just 13 runs to give his side an early advantage. Thereafter, Vusi Sibanda and Boeta Dippenaar got together to bring the chase back on track with a 60-run stand for the second wicket. Just when duo seemed to have settled down, Fernando struck to remove Sibanda and Justen Kemp in quick succession to push the visitors on the backfoot. Sibanda made a quick 35 off 39 deliveries while Kemp was not allowed to open his account. The back to back dismissals brought Mark Boucher to the crease. The two South African batsmen then joined did the rescue work and Dippenaar hit a well paced half century to keep Africa XI well on track.
Sourav Ganguly topscored with 88 to help Asia XI post an imposing 337 for seven in 50 overs. Openers Virender Sehwag and Sanath Jayasuriya put up a 37-run opening partnership before Thomas Odoyo struck to remove the latter and give Africa XI a welcome breakthrough.
It was a tame dismissal as the veteran mistimed a drive straight into the hands of Dippneaar mid-off for 11 runs. Thereafter, Sehwag partnered Sourav Ganguly to put up a fifty run partnership for the second wicket. The Delhi right-hander scored a half century before falling to Elton Chigumbura on the very next delivery for 52 runs. Thereafter, Ganguly and MS Dhoni led the Asian onslaught, Dhoni in particular was the more aggressive of the two as he smashed two boundaries and equal number of sixes during his stay at the crease.
The duo put up a 57-run stand for the third wicket before the Albie Morkel uprooted the swashbuckler for 33 runs, which came off just 38 deliveries. A poor call for run from Ganguly resulted in an untimely end of a promising knock by Mahela Jayawardene's as he was send back for well made 45 off just 40 deliveries. The Asian team made two changes by bringing in Dilhara Fernando and Mohammad Rafique in place of Harbhajan Singh and Mashrafe Mortaza.
The Africans replaced Loots Bosman and Steve Tikolo with Vusimusi Sibanda and Johan Botha. Despite a brilliant hundred by Shaun Pollock, the Asians took the first ODI in Bangalore and need a win here to wrap up the series. The pitch is, according to the captains, devoid of grass and another run-fest is expected.
Asia XI 337 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat Africa XI 306 all out (49.5 overs) by 32 runs
Second ODI, Asian XI (1:0): Asian XI will look to clinch the Afro-Asia Cup
The weather might play spoilsport as the city, reeling under hot and humid conditions a couple of days back , is experiencing drizzles since yesterday. The weather office has forecast cloudy sky with the possibility of showers. If the forecast holds good, the cup, already hit by lack of main sponsors and pull out by some of the big players, could well be a repeat of the last edition in South Africa which ended in a 1-1 tie with the last match being rained out.
In the first match, the Asians were given a late scare by their rivals after posting 317 on the board as Shaun Pollocks maiden one-day ton went in vain. With the Chepauk pitch expected to assist the batsmen, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ganguly, Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh will have the edge against the largely inexperienced African bowling.
The African XI batting is devoid of match practice but for a valiant performance by Shaun Pollock, who has opted to be a batsman and not a bowler in this series.
Kenya likely to host 2008 Afro-Asia Cup
Ashraf would be meeting top officials from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh during his brief stay in Chennai where the last two games of the Afro-Asia Cup would be played on June 9 and 10. The PCB chief would read a paper on Development of cricket in Asia during the ACC moot. The ACC officials would discuss various steps to be taken to raise the profile of the game all over Asia.
On the sidelines of the ACC meeting, it is expected that the venue of the next edition of the Afro-Asia Cup would also be decided. The third edition of the Afro-Asia Cup would be held in Africa and it is expected that Kenya would host the event next June.
A report on Thursday, quoted ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Haq as saying that facilities and weather would be ideal in Kenya for the 2008 Afro-Asia Cup. The ACC chief played down the absence of stars from the ongoing Afro-Asia Cup and said that the event is helping develop unity through cricket.
Africa XI lose to Asia XI despite Pollock's maiden ton
The 33-year-old veteran, playing the three-match series as a batsman, made it a memorable 285th individual tie when he made a superb 130, in 110 balls with 19 fours and a six, before being getting out as the last man. Africa, replying to Asia XI's imposing total of 317 for 9, were all out for 283 in 47.5 overs to give the latter a 1-0 lead ahead of the last two ties in Chennai on June 9 and 10.
Earlier, Asia XI batted right down the order without any batsman reaching the 70s to post a huge 317 for nine wickets after choosing to bat first, riding mainly on half centuries by captain Mahela Jayawardene (65) and Mohammed Yousuf (66).
Asia XI 317 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat Africa XI 283 all out (47.5 overs) by 34 runs
Asia XI hold edge in first ODI against Africa XI
The pullout of some leading lights from both teams weakened Africa more than the host continent who seem to have a clear edge in the best-of-three matches, the last two coming up on June 9 and 10 at Chennais M A Chidambaram Stadium. The explosive batting combination of Sanath Jayasuriya, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be hard to stop by an African bowling line-up missing Andre Nel, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock (to play only as a batsman). The match also provides opportunity to former India skipper Ganguly to showcase his worth in the 50-over format after he was rested for the preceding one-day series in Bangladesh along with man he replaced him in the Asia XI - Sachin Tendulkar .
Yuvraj Singh and Pakistans Mohammad Yousuf are available to shore up the middle order along with captain Mahela Jayawardene and wicket-keeper Dhoni.
Asias new-ball attack also looks potent in the hands of Zaheer Khan, Dilhara Fernando, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Asif, who will be seen in action after a lengthy gap after missing the World Cup due to injury. The Asians come into series after some matches between themselves but the African combine faces a bigger problem on this count as none have played any competitive matches after the World Cup. The players also arrived late on Monday night, which gives them very little time to adjust to the hot conditions.
The Africans are led by Justin Kemp in the absence of injured captain Graeme Smith who is recovering from a knee operation, and look weak in both batting and bowling. Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini opted out to be with with his wife, who recently delivered a baby. The pitch was re-laid with a mixture of clay and fine sand and will take time to bind and a virgin pitch is always an unknown factor. The toss could thus play vital role. Asia squad : Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Yousuf, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Dilhara Fernando, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Asif.
Africa squad: AB de Villiers, Loots Bosman, Justin Kemp (Captain), Johan Botha, Shaun Pollock, Mark Boucher, Boeta Dippenaar, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Elton Chigumbura, Vusi Sibanda, Peter Ongondo.
Dilshan stars in Asia XI win
The Asian team were struggling at 34-3 before surpassing their opponents modest total of 109-8 with more than four overs to spare in the day-night game on a seamer-friendly pitch. Bangladeshi teenager Tamim Iqbal smashed a 22-ball 30 before middle-order batsman Dilshan steered his team home with a 49-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Shoaib Malik (14 not out).
Left-handed opener Iqbal, 18, hit one six and three fours, while Dilshan struck one six and six fours in his 36-ball knock. Kenyan seamer Nehemiah Odhiambo had jolted the Asian side with two wickets in his lively opening spell. Opener Loots Bosman top-scored with 52 for Africa XI, who had been put in to bat on a track with pace and bounce.
The South African struck three sixes and as many fours in his 55-ball knock. South African Gulam Bodi (12) was the other batsman to reach double-figures. Bangladeshi seamer Mashrafe Mortaza was the most impressive bowler with 2-17 off four overs. Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth also grabbed two wickets.
Asia XI (110-4 in 15.5 overs) beat Africa XI (109-8 in 20 overs) by 6 wickets
Asia XI Defeat Africa XI By 60 Runs In The Womens Twenty20 International At Bangalore
Electing to field first, Africa restricted their rivals to 105-9 in 20 overs. For Asia opener and wicket-keeper Sulakshana Naik top-scored with 31 while Chamari Polgampola added 18 towards the closing stages. The Asian middle order completely failed to contributed with three middle order players scoring ducks. Rumeli Dhar was the only player to enter double digits in the top half apart from Naik as she made 14.
Ashlyn Kilowan with three wickets shone for Africa while Thandolwenkosi Milo bagged two wickets.
In reply, the Asian eves blew away the visitors by shooting them down for just 45 in 14.5 overs as Jhulan Goswamy (8/ 3) and Rumeli Dhar (8/ 4) proved to be the chief destroyers. Africa skipper Alicia Smith was the lone player to enter double figures and made 23.
Asia Women XI (105 for 9 in 20 overs) beat Africa Women XI (45 for 10 in 14.5 overs) by 60 runs
Afro-Asia Cup set for quiet start
The series has already lost some gloss with star cricketers like home icons Sachin Tendulkar , Rahul Dravid and Sri Lankan aces Chaminda Vaas and Muthiah Muralitharan of the Asian squad opting out of the tournament. Tomorrow, the womens Twenty20 tie will mark the opening of the tournament while the mens clash, to be played under lights, will follow next at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. This will be the first time that international Twenty20 matches will be held on the Indian soil. But uncertainty prevails over the two matches with the met office forecasting thunder showers after a heavy spell of rains last night. Withdrawal of top players is a big setback for the tournament even before the start. Coming to mens Twenty20 tie tomorrow, only one Indian player, pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, has been included in the Asia team led by newly-appointed Pakistan captain and all-rounder Shoaib Malik, whose leadership skills would be tested as he would have to shepherd players of four sub-continental teams to play as a unit. The squad is a youthful one with a lot of utility cricketers in it in keeping with the fast forward mode of this latest format of the game.
The fans would be keen to see fireworks from the likes of Bangladeshs Tamim Iqbal, Mohammed Ashraful and Pakistani hard-hitter Shahid Afridi. Besides, the team has a good sprinkling of all-rounders, led by their captain Malik and his compatriot Abdur Razzak, Sri Lankas Tilakaratne Dilshan and Farveez Maharoof and Bangladeshs Mashrafe Mortaza. ICC has posted umpires only for the three 50-over one-dayers while the Twenty20 ties would be officiated by umpires affiliated to the hosts, Karnataka Cricket Association. In the first edition of the tournament in South Africa, the One-Day International series was drawn 1-1.
Bouncy Afro Asia pitches expected in Bangalore
The host association have roped in the services of curators Blair Christiansen and Bede OConnell, from the New Zealand Turf Institute, to oversee the preparation of the two pitches for the Twenty20 games and the first ODI between Africa and Asia.
Blair told The Times of India that they have used a road roller on the pitches to make the surface harder and more compressed and, so long as the rain doesnt intervene, said he was hopeful of a true surface. The back-to-back Twenty20 matches on June 5 will be played on one surface, while the other pitch will be used for the full one-dayer the next day. "I am a little nervous," Blair said, "but hopeful that it will be a bouncy wicket since it has better properties that strengthens the pitch."
Brijesh Patel, the former Test player, now secretary of the KSCA, said that this exercise was part of the associations initiative to improve the quality of pitches across the state, with the team from New Zealand passing on their expertise to curators from all districts. "The experts guided the groundsmen through every stage of relaying the wicket," Patel told PTI. This is completely a KSCAs initiative and had nothing to do with the hosting of the Afro Asia Cup. Despite several Asian stars pulling out, including Rahul Dravid and Muttiah Muralitharan, Patel was optimistic of a strong turn-out, and said that the ticket sales were picking up.
Sachin Tendulkar out of Afro-Asia Cup
Sri Lankan Dilhara Fernando and Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh were the other two new faces in the squad after Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar and Sri Lankan pacemen Chaminda Vaas and Lasitha Malinga made themselves unavailable for the three-match series. Selectors of the second Afro-Asia Cup - ASM Farooque, Chetan Chauhan, Mohsin Khan and Lalith Kaluperuma - named the revised squad after the four cricketers made themselves unavailable for the series.
"Following the unavailability of some players named in the original squads on May 11, the selectors have named their final squads for the three ODI matches in Bangalore and Chennai on June 6, 9 and 10 and the Twenty20 match on June 5," a statement said on Monday. Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh are the other four Indians who were named in the original squad announced earlier this month.
The 11-member squad for the Afro-Asia Twenty20 tournament also saw one change as S Sreesanth replaced Munaf Patel, who was called back from Bangladesh series due to lower back pain.
Sreesanth, who was also earlier recalled from Bangladesh owing to a calf muscle injury during the ODIs, has recovered to make a comeback to the international scene. Asia ODI Squad: Mahela Jayawardene (Capt, Sri Lanka), Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Sourav Ganguly (India), Virender Sehwag (India), Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan), Yuvraj Singh (India), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India), Harbhajan Singh (India), Zaheer Khan (India), Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh), Mohammad Asif (Pakistan), Mohammad Rafique (Bangladesh), Dilhara Fernando (Sri Lanka), Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka).
Asia Twenty20 Squad: Shoaib Malik (Captain, Pakistan), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Imran Nazir (Pakistan), Mohammad Ashraful (Bangladesh), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh), Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka), Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh), S Sreesanth (India).
Chaminda Vaas out of Afro-Asia Cup
Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Kangadaran Mathivanan said Friday that Vaas, who is playing county cricket in England for Middlesex, informed the SLC that he will be unavailable. The three-match ODI series between the combined Asian and African continent teams, organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), is to be played in Bangalore on June 6 and in Chennai from June 9-10.
Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardena is billed to captain the combined Asian team picked by the ACC selection committee and made up of nominees from all four Asian test-playing nations - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Vaas joined Middlesex to play for the Lord's-based county in the early part of the English season. He is due to return to Sri Lanka mid-June to play in the home series against Bangladesh.
Mortaza replaces injured Shoaib in Afro-Asia Cup
Mortaza inclusion was confirmed by ASM Faruque, the Bangladesh selector in the four-member in the ACC selection committee panel.
"The selection committee have picked up Mortaza to replace Shoaib in the Asian squad," Faruque was quoted by 'The New Age' as saying. "He was the automatic choice after Shoaib was ruled out," he added. Mortaza joined left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique to become Bangladesh's second representative in the 14-member Asian squad.
Shoaib who earlier missed the World Cup due to injury, was ruled out of the Asian squad on Tuesday after he was declared unfit to take the field. However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) seemed reluctant to release the 24-year-old bowler as during last year's edition of the tournament he injured himself to miss his side's Sri Lanka tour.
Akhtar out of Afro-Asia Cup
The fiery paceman has suffered problems with his knee and ankle for more than a year and is not ready for the games in the Indian cities of Bangalore and Chennai.
"We have conveyed to the Asian Cricket Council that Akhtar is not able to play as a question mark still hangs over his fitness," Mohsin Khan, selector for the Asian team, said. "I got feedback from very reliable Pakistan Cricket Board officials so for the betterment of Pakistan cricket I had to take this decision as Pakistan will need Akhtar in their future series," said Khan. A replacement will be announced soon, he said.
Akhtar has featured in only one Test this year. He managed to bowl just 12 overs in Pakistans win at Port Elizabeth, South Africa during their three-match series in January before he broke down again. The 32-year-old paceman injured his knee and ankle in January last year and had to undergo twin knee operations in Australia. Akhtar and fellow paceman Mohammad Asif were involved in a doping scandal after both tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in October last year.
Akhtar was banned for two years and Asif for one year by a PCB doping commission in November. However, a month later their bans were controversially lifted on appeals. They were pulled out of Pakistans World Cup squad on fitness grounds in March this year after being named in the 15-man squad. Asif recovered in time for Pakistans ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi but Pakistani selectors did not consider Akhtar, again because of his injuries. Akhtar, who is currently working under former bowling great Wasim Akram in Lahore, last week said he was keen to feature in the Afro-Asia series.
A Twenty20 match in Bangalore on June 5 will precede the three one-day internationals to be played in Bangalore on June 6 and Chennai on June 9 and 10. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene will lead the Asian XI while South African captain Graeme Smith will lead the African team, also including players from Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Smith doubtful for Afro-Asia Cup
Shane Jabaar, South African teams physiotherapist has said that Smith had to undergo surgery on May 15, after twisting his left knee taking a catch during the match against England at the recent World Cup in the West Indies. "Graeme was treated extensively before the semifinal and probably regained about 95 percent of his function for that game," Jabaar said in a statement issued on Friday. "Graeme will now undergo an intensive rehabilitation programme and based on his response to the programme, we will be able to indicate when hell be able to get back to practice and then play," he explained.
He added, "Were not intending to accelerate his return to playing cricket until we are satisfied he has fully recovered. We will have a check up with the surgeon and will take into consideration how Graemes body has reacted to the surgery." Smith said, "I am experiencing some pain after the surgery to my left knee and will follow medical advice before making any decisions to play again. We have another trying season ahead and preparation for that is priority. I want to make sure I have fully recovered from the operation to my knee." Most of the top South African players would be featuring in the three-match Afro Asia Cup to be played in Bangalore and Chennai from June 6-10.
Akhtar available for Afro-Asia Cup
Akhtar told reporters on Wednesday that he had made himself available for the three-match series to be held in Bangalore and Chennai from June 6 to 10 after consulting his doctors and family members. The 31-year-old fast bowler had earlier said he was thinking about opting out of the series because of family commitments.
"But now I am available and I am keen to play and do well. The series is a good platform for me to make a strong comeback," Akhtar said. Akhtar is only one of the three Pakistani players picked in the Asian squad, the other two being Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Asif. Akhtar said he had recovered from his knee injury and had a slight hamstring problem which was ok now.
"I am fit now and I have also been consulting with Wasim Akram and Imran Khan on how best to preserve myself and keep myself in top shape for future assignments. They have been of great help." Akhtar said he had also made himself available for Pakistan's one-day games against India and Scotland in June in Edinburgh.
Five Indians in Asia team for Afro-Asia Cup cricket
Other Indians in the Mahela Jayawardene-led team are Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh, Asian Cricket Council chief executive Ashraful Haq announced here. Besides the five Indians, an equal number of Sri Lankans were also included with paceman Chaminda Vaas, 2007 World Cup sensation Lasitha Malinga, veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga in the team.
Pakistan will be represented by controversial fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and star batsman Mohammad Yousuf in the three-match ODI series to be played in Bangalore on June 6 and in Chennai on June 9 and 10. Mohammad Rafique will be the sole Bangladeshi in the team. Asia team : Mahela Jayawardene (SL, Capt), Sanath Jayasuriya (SL), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mohammad Yousuf (Pak), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Chaminda Vaas (SL), Shoaib Akhtar (Pak), Lasitha Malinga (SL), Mohammad Rafique (B'desh), Mohammad Asif (Pak) and Upul Tharanga (SL).
PCB nominate Mohsin for Afro-Asia Cup selection committee
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has nominated Mohsin on the committee to represent Pakistan. Other members of the Selection Committee are ASM Faruque from Bangladesh, Chetan Chauhan from India and Lalith Kaluperuma from Sri Lanka.
A PCB spokesman announced on Friday that the committee will meet on May 11 in Dhaka to decide the Asian squad for the series against Africa. Mohsin Khan has served in the past manager and coach of national junior teams. He replaces former Test cricketer Majid Khan on the selection committee for the Afro-Asia Cup.
The committee would be picking the Asian squad for the Afro-Asian Cup that is likely to see in action top cricketers from Asia and Africa. The second edition of the Afro-Asia Cup will be held in South Indian cities of Bangalore and Chennai next month. Three day-night matches will be played on June 6 (Bangalore), June 9 and June 10 (Chennai). The three games would be preceded by a Twenty20 match between the two teams. The first Afro-Asia Cup was held in South Africa in 2005. The 2007 and 2008 Afro-Asia Cups are set in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP) and like the 2005 version will be official One-day Internationals (ODIs).
The total prize-money for the three 2007 Afro-Asia Cup matches is US$ 100,000. The winning team in each match will receive $25,000, the Man of the Match $5,000 and the Man of the Tournament $10,000. Participating players will be paid $5000 for each match. In addition to the three Afro-Asia Cup matches there will be a Womens Asia v Africa match and a mens Twenty20 Asia v Africa match in Bangalore on June 5. This will be the first time that International Twenty20 cricket is played in India.
Graeme Smith named captain in African squad for Afro-Asia Cup
Tikolo is one of four Kenyans in the squad that also feature players from World Cup semi-finalists, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The Afro-Asia tournament, which has been accorded official ODI status by the International Cricket Council, will be played in Bangalore and Chennai form June 6-10.
The winner will earn 25,000 dollars with each participating player being paid 5,000 dollars each. The Asian team, winners of the inaugural tournament in South Africa in 2005 will comprise players from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Africa squad: Graeme Smith (RSA/Captain), Steve Tikolo (Ken/Vice-Captain), Johan Botha (RSA), Mark Boucher (RSA), Elton Chigumbura (Zim), AB de Villiers (RSA), Herchelle Gibbs (RSA), Andrew Hall (RSA), Jacques Kallis (RSA), Makhaya Ntini (RSA), Thomas Odoyo (Ken), Peter Ongondo (Ken), Shaun Pollock (RSA), Vusi Sibanda (Zim), Hiren Varaiya (Ken)
Bangalore, Chennai to host Afro-Asia Cup
'It's the first major collaboration on any sporting level between the two continents and I'm sure, it will come to be seen as a truly significant event in the world of cricket,' said Pawar, who is also the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at a press conference here. The $100,000 prize money event will kick-off with the first match at Bangalore June 6 and the remaining two matches will be played in Chennai June 9-10.
The winner will take away a cheque of $ 25,000 while the 'Player of the match' will earn $5,000 and 'player of the tournament' would get richer by $10,000. Each participating players will be paid a match fee of $5,000 each. Former Test opener Chetan Chauhan will be a part of the four-member selection panel to pick the Asian side that will also comprise players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Majid Khan (Pakistan), Lalith Kaluperama (Sri Lanka) and Asim Farooque (Bangladesh) are the other three selectors who will meet in Dhaka May 11 to choose the Asian team.
The African squad will feature players from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The inaugural edition, also involving three one-day internationals (ODIs), was held in Centurion and Durban in South Africa in 2005. Both the 2007 and 2008 Afro-Asia Cups are set in the ICC future tours programme and have been accorded official ODI status. Apart from the ODIs, Bangalore will host two Twenty20 matches June 5 among the men's and women's team from the two continents, said Syed Ashraful Haq, chief executive of the Asian Cricket Council. This would be the first time that India would be hosting any international Twenty20 tournament.
Afro-Asian Cup 2005
17 to 21 Aug 2005, South AfricaThe inaugural edition of the Afro-Asian cup will be played in South Africa between an African XI and an Asian XI.
The International Cricket Council has officially recognised these matches. Top stars from all leading cricketing nations of Asia and Africa comprise the two teams.
SM Pollock will lead Africa XI, while Inzamam-ul-Haq will lead Asia XI.