Kohli’s availability for Asia XI depends on workload management

The decision on representing the team of Asia XI, including Indian captain Virat Kohli, will be decided according to their work management. Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to hold a 2-T20 series between Asia XI and World XI as the centenary celebrations of its country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Kohli is also included in the Asia XI team announced by Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have included Kohli in the squad for a match on 21 and 22 March but it will depend on their availability. The Indian team will return from a six-week tour of New Zealand on March 6 and are scheduled to gather at Dharamshala on March 10 for a series of three ODIs against South Africa. The series will begin in Dharamshala on 12 March. The second match will be played in Lucknow on March 15 and the third in Kolkata on March 18. The IPL is also starting from March 29.

Before the series against South Africa, all contracted cricketers will have to undergo mandatory medical tests and workload management in view of the IPL starting on 29 March. A BCCI source said, “Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had asked for a list of 10 players and we are likely to send five players there. We have not confirmed any names yet. All players, including the captain, will have to undergo a test of management of the workload. Only after this we will give the names of the players.

The BCCI has always been saying that if any top player who plays regularly wants a break, he will definitely be given time to be physically fit. Another official said, now it will depend on Kohli whether he agrees or not. We should not forget that a lot of traveling has to be done in IPL. After its end, there are several T20 series with other countries.

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