Afro-Asian ODIs to be accorded official status

Published: Friday, July 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The three One-day matches to be organised by the newly formed Afro-Asian Cricket Co-operation (AACA) between an Asia XI and an Africa XI to be held next month will be accorded official status.

The decision to make the games to be held either in India or South Africa on August 17, 19 and 21 official will probably bother statisticians worldwide, but recently the International Cricket Council (ICC) has moved away from conventional thinking in this matter - the One-dayers organised recently to aid the victims of the tsunami disaster were accorded official status, as will be the Super Series between Australia and Rest of the World in October.

It may be recalled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier requested their Sri Lankan counterparts to bring forward the dates of the tri-series in Sri Lanka so that the players from both countries could play for Asia.

With Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) agreeing to that request, the Asian line-up could include the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan, along with other big names from Pakistan.

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