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BCCI announces interim head coach for Asia Cup in absence of Rahul Dravid

BCCI announces interim head coach for Asia Cup in absence of Rahul Dravid

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced an interim coach in place of head coach Rahul Dravid for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.

The event is scheduled to take place in UAE between August 27th and September 11th, and VVX Laxman will now carry on head coach duties for the India Cricket Team throughout the event.

Dravid was tested COVID-19 positive and was ruled out from his duties. Laxman has previously carried on head coach duties twice, first during the India tour of Ireland and recently against India vs Zimbabwe series.

He has reached UAE from Harare alongside vice-captain KL Rahul and others who were part of Ind vs Zim series. The rest of the squad has also arrived at the destination to participate in the 15th edition of the Asia Cup.

Dravid, who tested COVID-19 positive before the team’s departure for Asia Cup, is likely to return on testing negative. Once he gets green signals from the BCCI medical team, he will reunite with the squad for the event.

It must be noted that Rohit Sharma and co arrived for the event on August 24th and will kick start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan. The much-awaited rivalry, Ind vs Pak, is scheduled for August 28th on Sunday.

India last played Asia Cup under Sharma’s captaincy in 2018, when he was fulfilling Kohli’s role. The men in blue won the final versus the Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2018, and the event has not been played since then. The 2022 edition is the first main event since his appointment as India’s skipper for all three formats.

Indian squad for Asia Cup 2022

India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.

Standby: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar.

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