Alex Hales has been named in an all-star World XI to face an Asia XI in a series commemorating the centenary of the birth of Bangladesh’s founding father.

The Notts opener is part of a 16-strong party for the two-match encounter, alongside former Outlaw Brendan Taylor, and fellow Englishmen Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid.

The squad also includes Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, and will be skippered by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis.

They will take on an Asia XI composed of names from a 15-man line-up including Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan and former Notts batsman Tamim Iqbal – while Virat Kohli’s inclusion has also been mooted.

The series will be played out at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on 18 and 21 March.

World XI squad: Faf Du Plessis (C), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Alex Hales, Brendan Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Lungi Ngidi, Andrew Tye, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adil Rashid.

Asia XI squad: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Tamim Iqbal, Virat Kohli (tbc), Liton Das, Rishab Pant, Mushfiqur Rahim, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichane, Lasith Malinga, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.


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