The gap between the recently concluded England versus India test series and Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 is very much less.
England versus India fifth and final test just got concluded yesterday night on the 11th of September and the Asia Cup starts on 15th of September. This gap is ridiculous for the Indian players who just finished a 3 ODI, 3 T20I and 5 test series away from home in tough conditions.
The four-day gap was never going to be enough for the players to rest and that is why the Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken a wise decision of not sending the Indian players to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow who were on the two months long England tour. The players who were not part of the test series will leave on the 13th of September.
A total of 10 players from the 16 man Asia Cup squad were not representing the country in test series. They are Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. These ten cricketers will leave for Dubai on Thursday.
The remaining 6 players who were the part of the test series in England will join the others on the coming Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur will directly travel to UAE from England without returning to their homeland India.
The biggest news about Indian cricket team is not their 16 man squad but their dynamic skipper’s absence from the tournament. Virat Kohli will take a much-deserved rest after the gruelling test series against England where he finished as man of the series as expected. It will be a huge task ahead of the standby skipper Rohit Sharma to reach the finals and defend the trophy.
The Asia Cup will kick-start the much-awaited campaign from coming Saturday, that is 15th September. A total of six teams will compete for the ultimate price. India and Pakistan are the favourites to win the cup. The other four contestants are Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.