from l to r, A.S.M. Farooque, Chetan Chauhan, S.A. Huq, Mohsin Khan and Lalith Kaluperuma

The selectors for the second Afro-Asia Cup – A.S.M. Farooque (Bangladesh), Chetan Chauhan (India), Mohsin Khan (Pakistan), Lalith Kaluperuma (Sri Lanka) – announced the teams to represent Asia in Dhaka at a packed press conference with Indian and Bangladeshi reporters in attendance.

“It was a very challenging task to pick the best possible squad to represent Asia. To choose between so many outstanding candidates was not easy but our final selection represents the best available talent in Asia,” said Convenor of Selectors Syed Ashraful Huq (Chief Executive of the Asian Cricket Council).

There will be a Women’s Twenty20 and a Men’s Twenty20 between Africa and Asia in Bangalore on the 5th of June, followed by the first Afro-Asia Cup ODI in Bangalore. The second and third Afro-Asia Cup ODIs will be played in Chennai on June 9th and 10th.

The Asian Cricket Council along with the Africa Cricket Association has held the Afro-Asia Cup since 2005 in order to raise funds for the development of cricket across the two continents.

It will be the first time that international Twenty20 matches will be played in India and the first time anywhere in the world that women’s international Twenty20 cricket will be televised. As with the 2005 edition, 10% of net proceeds from the event will be donated to a registered charity for the blind across Africa and Asia, Sightsavers International.

Syed Ashraful Huq concluded the announcement of the Asia Team selection by saying, “Africa have put up a strong team. We have chosen a team to beat Africa.”


Afro-Asia Cup 2007

Filed May 14 2007