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3 Players who can lead Asia XI against World XI

With Kohli and Rahul available (likely, not confirmed yet) for just one game, it is unlikely that they will get the chance to lead the side.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 100th anniversary of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is around the corner and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are planning to celebrate the occasion with a two-match T20I series between Asia XI and World XI. The two games are scheduled to be played on the 21st and 22nd of March at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

BCB announced the two squads and there are some big names across both teams. Indian skipper Virat Kohli might feature in one game and KL Rahul is also expected to play one game. However, the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami are the other Indians who confirmed to take part.

There are two Sri Lankans (Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera), two from Afghanistan (Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman), four Bangladeshi cricketers (Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Musfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman) and one from Nepal (Sandeep Lamichhane) who are a part of the Asia XI squad.

With Kohli and Rahul available (likely, not confirmed yet) for just one game, it is unlikely that they will get the chance to lead the side. There are a couple of international captains in the squad while there are a couple of others who are capable of leading the Asia XI troops. Thus, here we look at three players who can possibly lead Asia XI in the two-match series against World XI.

1. Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Lasith Malinga is one of the most experienced cricketers in this Asia XI line-up. In fact, no player made his international debut before Malinga in the Asia XI squad. It was back in 2004 that the ace Sri Lankan pacer made his Test and ODI debut. He made his T20I debut a couple of years later.

He quit Test cricket fairly early in his career and last donned the whites in 2010. But he’s been one of Sri Lanka’s premier fast bowlers in white-ball cricket. Malinga is the only cricketer in the world to have taken at least 100 wickets in each of the three formats. He is the leading wicket-taker in T20Is – 106 wickets.

Moreover, he is currently leading the Sri Lankan T20 side as well. The 36-year-old has been in and out of the captaincy positions. However, the veteran pacer has led his country in 22 T20 internationals, winning seven of them, including the 2014 World T20. Hence, he could be one of the picks to lead this Asia XI team.

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