The help

The BCCI has sent five India A bowlers to Dubai to help the senior team practice during the net sessions. The five bowlers include three pacers: Prasidh Krishna from Karnataka, Siddarth Kaul from Punjab and Avesh Khan from Madhya Pradesh. Also among the five is leg-spinner Mayank Markande and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.

These five will be bowling and training during the net sessions for the next three days along with the senior players of team India. Except for Avesh, the rest of the five were part of India A and B squads who recently completed the Quadrangular series. Siddarth Kaul was part of the senior team that played the limited-overs leg of the UK tour.

Why were they sent?

There arises a problem for the senior team during practice sessions when there aren’t any quality net bowlers. With back to back games, one cannot expect Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Jasprit Bumrah to bowl flat outs at the nets. They can’t even rely on academy bowlers as they too at times can’t provide quality practice. This is what a BCCI official said.

The reason for sending these bowlers is, the senior team batsmen get quality practice and second, the young blowers get to learn a lot. Not to mention that the senior players, as well as the coaches, can eye out good talent.

This was started before the tour of South Africa when the likes of Avesh, Basil Thampi, and Sri Lanka native, left-arm throwdown expert, Nuwan Seneviratne were sent to South Africa for net sessions.

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The team right now

Captain and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has around 10 members of the Indian team at the moment. They have had their first net session on Friday. The remaining members of team India are to arrive on Sunday after their break post the Test series in England.

India will be facing off against Hong Kong on September 18th. After that, they will face their arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19th.