Indian Cricket Team members took a flight to Dubai for the forthcoming Asia Cup 2018 on Thursday. Skipper Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Ahmed are among the nine Team India members who have departed while the others will be joining the squad later.
The 14th edition of Asia Cup starts 15th September with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the curtain-raiser in Dubai. Alongside India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Asia Qualifiers winner Hong Kong will partake in the competition.
After a two-month-long tour of England, the BCCI has decided to rest Virat Kohli. The chief selector, MSK Prasad explained the committee’s thought process behind resting Kohli, “He [Kohli] has been playing continuously for quite some time. He’s on the road from the IPL. So that is why looking at the workload we have given him rest. We need to preserve some of the precious players, who are playing in all three formats. We have started with Virat and he will be rested for the Asia Cup.”
Left-arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed got his maiden call-up to the Indian side after impressive returns in the recent A games. Amabti Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav have been recalled to the Team. India squad
Rohit Sharma (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu.
India will begin their title defence on 18th September against Hong Kong on 18th September and face arch-rivals Pakistan on 19th September. The final of the tournament will be played on 28th September 2018.