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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Afro-Asia cup

Remember the Afro-Asia cup that in August of last year ended in 1-1 draw with one match drowned in rain? The cup is happening again on the 5th of June this year and the teams are announced. 

Africa squad:(looks more like the South African squad to me)
Graeme Smith (SA, capt)
Steve Tikolo (Ken, vice-capt)
Johan Botha (SA)
Mark Boucher (SA, wk)
Elton Chigumbura (Zim)
AB de Villiers (SA)
Herchelle Gibbs (SA)
Andrew Hall (SA)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Makhaya Ntini (SA)
Thomas Odoyo (Ken)
Peter Ongondo (Ken)
Shaun Pollock (SA)
Vusi Sibanda (Zim)
Hiren Varaiya (Ken)

Asia Squad:
(Where is Kumar Sangakkara?)
Mahela Jayawardene (SL, capt)
Sanath Jayasuriya(SL)
Virender Sehwag(Ind)
Upul Tharanga(SL)
Sachin Tendulkar(Ind)
Mohammad Yousuf(Pak)
Yuvraj Singh(Ind)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk)
Harbhajan Singh(Ind)
Chaminda Vaas(SL)
Shoaib Akhtar(Pak)
Lasith Malinga(SL)
Mohammad Rafique(Ban)
Mohammad Asif(Pak)

The Asian team seems far stronger. But you can never say. Anyway the players will have a lot to play for more than just pride: the prize money. The total prize money for the tournament is $100,000, with the winners of each match getting $25,000. The Man of the Match would get $5000 while the Man of the Series stands to get $15,000. 

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