Here are all the latest updates on injuries and replacements ahead of Asia Cup 2022, which is set to begin on Saturday, August 27, with Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh in Dubai.
While pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah (back injury) and Harshal Patel (rib injury) were ruled out of Asia Cup 2022 earlier in August, India suffered a setback when head coach Rahul Dravid tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team’s departure to the United Arab Emirates. VVS Laxman, who was in-charge of India’s ODI team in Zimbabwe, joined the camp in the UAE as interim head coach. However, subsequently, Dravid tested negative for COVID-19 and joined the team in Dubai ahead of its Asia Cup 2022 opener against Pakistan. The BCCI confirmed that Laxman, who was present with the side in Dravid’s absence, returned to Bengaluru to oversee the India A programme.
After India’s matches against Pakistan and Hong Kong, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the tournament ahead of the Super 4 stage due to a right knee injury. Jadeja was replaced by Axar Patel, who was one of the three standby players.
India’s archrival Pakistan was also dealt a major blow in the bowling department when ace left-arm fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi was ruled out of the tournament on Saturday due to a knee injury. Right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain was named as Afridi’s replacement in the squad on Monday.
On Friday, pacer Mohammad Wasim Jnr. was ruled out of the tournament due to a left side strain and replaced by Hasan Ali.
Sri Lanka pacer Dushmantha Chameera was out of the Asia Cup 2022 squad on Monday with a calf strain. Pramod Madhushan, another right-arm quick on the standby list, replaced Chameera in the squad. Left-arm fast quick Binura Fernando and right-arm pacer Kasun Rajitha were selected for the tournament but will not tour due to injury.
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Right-arm medium-pacer Hasan Mahmud, who was named in the 17-player squad for the Asia Cup, was ruled out with an ankle injury sustained during training on Saturday. Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan, still recovering from surgery on his left index finger, will also miss the tournament. Opening batter Mohammad Naim was the only replacement named by Bangladesh on Monday.
Bangladesh Cricket Board also announced on Monday that Head Coach Russell Domingo would no longer oversee the T20I team and would focus on Test and One-Day Internationals going forward. Former India cricketer and Technical Consultant Sridharan Sriram will look after the T20 side instead.
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