Afro Asia Cup Signed Cricket Bat
Signed Cricket Bat and Match Stump Afro Asia Cup 2005. This is a display of a a signed cricket bat signed by the Asia Squad from the Afro-Asia Cup 2005, along with a match stump from the tournament. The bat has been signed by the following players;
Inzamam-ul-Haq (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Virender Sehwag, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Mahela Jayawardene, Abdul Razzaq, Anil Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar, Zaheer Khan, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ashish Nehra, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza.
2005 Afro Asia Cup 2005
The Afro-Asia Cup was a cricket competition played for in 2005 and which was intended to run for at least three years. The idea was to raise money for the Asian Cricket Council and the African Cricket Association, and the whole venture was given a massive boost when the ICC, agreed to give the series of one-day matches full ODI status.
The inaugural competition in 2005, was a series of three one day matches played between an Asian XI and an African XI. Suprisingly, the games were awarded official One Day International status. The teams were selected by former Test match players rather than by national selectors.
The ICC expected that there would be a strong competitive tender for television rights. However, the main television broadcasters, ESPN/Star and Ten Sports, declined to bid. The rights were eventually bought by Nimbus Sports for the 2005 competition and the subsequent next two competitions.
There was much controversy over the final squad lists: many of the leading players were either unavailable for selection, withdrew from participating or chose to fulfil commitments with domestic teams.
The Asian side was selected from players from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. With the exception of Bangladesh (whose selector had previously only played in the ICC Trophy), each country had one ex-Test cricketer as a selector: Majid Khan (Pakistan), Ravi Shastri (India), Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka) and Shafiq Ul-Haque (Bangladesh). There was controversy surrounding the omission of Indian captain Sourav Ganguly from the Asian side, leading to Ganguly criticising the selection panel and process; although there were reports that the selection panel decided unanimously against including Ganguly, and that any suggestion that he should have been included would have led to Majid Khan and Ravi Shastri walking out.
The 2005 tournament was closely fought. Africa won the first match by just two runs, while Asia won the second by 18 runs to set up a series decider. However, after Africa had been bowled out for 106, the Asian innings was curtailed by rain, and the match eventually declared a no result. Thus, the series was tied 1–1 and the trophy shared.
A lovely piece of signed cricket Memorabilia, a must for any collector of signed cricket memorabilia.
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Dimensions; 86cm H x 61cm W x 5cm D