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BCCI insist upon no Pakistan presence for Asia XI-World XI T20s
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BCCI insist upon no Pakistan presence for Asia XI-World XI T20s

The BCCI has shunned the possibility of Pakistan and Indian players sharing the dressing room for the two T20s between Asia XI and World XI in March after confirming no player from the neighbouring nation will be invited for the series.

The two-match series, reportedly sanctioned by the ICC, will take place at Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh.

There are already concerns over the availability of players belonging to Pakistan given the fact that the Pakistan Super League runs till March 22.

While the team combinations have not yet been decided, BCCI has reiterated its opposition towards any chance of including Pakistan cricketers in the mix.

"What we are aware of is that there will be no Pakistan players in the Asia XI," BCCI Joint Secretary Jayesh George told IANS.

"That is what the message is, so, there is no question of both countries coming together or picking one over the other. [BCCI president] Sourav Ganguly will decide the five players who will be a part of the Asia XI."

BCCI's apprehension regarding players from Pakistan, the top-ranked T20I side, taking part in the exhibition matches is reflective of the deteriorating cricket ties between the boards.

Pakistan and India last engaged in a bilateral series in December 2012 and their meetings have been restricted to global events since then.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani's recent statement on the security situation in India seems to have escalated the tensions amongst the cricket boards.

"We have proved that Pakistan is safe. If someone isn't coming then they should prove that it's unsafe. At this time, India is a far greater security risk than Pakistan," he had said.

Mani stated this in response to Bangladesh's reluctance in sending its team to Pakistan for the scheduled Test series.

Bangladesh are willing to tour Pakistan for the short-form games but have proposed playing the Tests at a neutral venue.