BCCI hints to send second-string team for Asia Cup
With a tight and packed schedule, it is almost impossible for team India to send their main team to the upcoming Asia Cup especially after qualifying for the World Test Championship.
Due to COVID-19, a lot of tournaments and series were postponed last year and as a result of this, the year 2021 is packed with a tight schedule for almost all the teams. Team India are currently in a dilemma regarding their participation in the upcoming Asia Cup after they won the Test series against England to qualify for the World Test Championship.
The men in blue are set to lock horns against New Zealand on June 18 in the final. With Asia Cup likely to begin on June 1, it is not possible for BCCI to send their main team to the tournament. In that case, a top source from BCCI hinted that they are likely to send their second-string team in Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup.
“There’s no other choice. We can’t risk the preparation for the series in England. And cricketers can’t twice undergo quarantine. If the Asia Cup happens, India will have no option but to send a second-string squad,” he said.
India are also set to play a five-match Test series in England. They will stay back in England after playing the World Test Championship final against New Zealand which is set to take place at The Lords. To avoid quarantine twice in England, the board believes it is the best option for the players.
Virat Kohli and his men have won back-to-back Asia Cup in the last two years and they are on verge of completing a hattrick. However, it will be a difficult task for them if they send their second-string team in the end for the tournament.