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World XI v Asia XI matches in Dhaka deferred due to coronavirus crisis
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World XI v Asia XI matches in Dhaka deferred due to coronavirus crisis

The two-match T20 series between star-studded Asia XI and World XI lineups has been postponed owing to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The exhibition matches and accompanying AR Rahman concert at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium were planned to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, referred to as the father of the nation.

The concert was scheduled to take place on March 18 followed by the two T20Is on March 21 and 22.

Several cricketing superstars were signed on to take part in the clashes including Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Jonny Bairstow, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

"We had two options. We could have organised the concert on March 18 on a small scale. But we have decided to do it properly on a large scale and that's it has been deferred. When things improve, we will schedule it again in a big way," Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"There are also issues with the matches on March 21 and 22. That everyone can come and play here is not a certainty. Also, nothing is certain on whether they will be able to go back," he added.

Three cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Bangladesh over the last couple of days with the government taking precautions to curb the spread of the fatal disease.

In response to fears surrounding the virus, the BCB had taken measures to restrict its growth by announcing ticket limitations for the ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe.

Hassan did not mention a definite date for the Asia XI-World XI series and stated it will be held in a "few months' time".

"There are numerous restrictions from different places. This is why it has been decided that both events be deferred. In a few months, we will be able to arrange them again according to the situation."