5 Players who should have been a part of World XI side

5 Players who should have been a part of World XI side

The World XI side has a stellar bowling lineup with the big names like Andrew Tye, Lungi Ngidi and Sheldon Cottrell.

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The squads for the historic series between Asia XI and World XI are out. A few days ago, Bangladesh Cricket Board declared the list of players who will turn up for Asia XI and World XI respectively. The list features a bunch of international cricket stars with Virat Kohli, Lasith Malinga, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Rashid Khan being the elite names present in the Asia XI squad. Unfortunately, there are no Pakistani players in the squad.

Speaking of the World XI now, former South African captain, Faf du Plessis will lead the team which has the likes of Chris Gayle, Jonny Bairstow, Kieron Pollard and Alex Hales. The World XI side has a stellar bowling lineup as well with the big names like Andrew Tye, Lungi Ngidi and Sheldon Cottrell set to play for the side. While BCB tried its best to assemble the squads, they still missed out on a few marquee players.

Here are 5 players who should have been a part of the World XI side.

1. Andre Russell

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It was surprising to note that the World XI squad did not feature the name of West Indian all-rounder, Andre Russell. The explosive batsman from the Caribbean was the winning captain of the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League. Thus, it was expected that the BCB would invite him to play in this historic T20 series.

Russell has not been a regular for West Indies at the international level but he could have proven to be a major addition to the World XI side. Besides, a lot of IPL stars are playing in the series so, to see Russell missing out was strange.

The right-handed all-rounder could have lit up the stadium in Bangladesh with his fireworks in the batting department. The Asia XI would have to plan a lot had Russell been a part of the opposition squad.