Team India will depart for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in two batches – one on September 13 and another on September 16.
Meanwhile, this edition of the league will commence from September 15 at Dubai. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will square off against each other in the curtain-raiser. India will start their campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong, the champions of the Asia Cup Qualifier.
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They will then square off against arch-rivals Pakistan, the very next day. This will be their first clash since the Champions Trophy loss in the final last years in England. India will be keen to take a revenge for that loss and win the coveted trophy.
However, the BCCI has advanced the travel schedule of the 10 players, who are not currently playing in England.
So, Rohit Sharma (captain), MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Khaleel Ahmed will leave for Dubai on September 13.
On the other hand, the remaining six — Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur – will leave on September 16, the original date of the team’s departure.
The Test cricketers, who are a part of the Asia Cup will return to India on September 13. They will spend two days with their family before flying to UAE.
Meanwhile, the selectors have rested Virat Kohli for this series to manage his workload. Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, and Kedar Jadhav return to the squad on the back of some quality performances. Khaleel Ahmed got his debut call and MSK Prasad noted that they open to options for the World Cup next year.
India squad for Asia Cup 2018:
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC) , KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.