Rahul and Iyer are expected to participate in the training throughout this week, which will give the national selectors clarity on how they are shaping up in a match environment before selecting India’s Asia Cup squad, which is expected to be out . Till 20th August.
India’s Asia Cup squad and reserve players will undergo a week-long conditioning camp in Bengaluru from August 23-29 before leaving for Sri Lanka for the tournament, where India will open their campaign against Pakistan on September 2.
Asia Cup team = World Cup team?
As far as team selection for the World Cup is concerned, the selectors want the Asia Cup to be an unofficial tough challenge but there are likely to be one or two exceptions as India play three ODIs with Australia before the World Cup campaign. Will also play the match. , As things stand, BCCI will have to announce the preliminary World Cup squad by September 5, but changes can be made to the squad by the time of the third and final ODI against Australia on September 27.
If fully fit, Rahul is India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in ODIs and will probably be slotted into the middle order alongside Iyer, who has an excellent record at No. 4. In Iyer’s absence, the selectors have experimented with a number of options, including Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel during the recently concluded ODI series in the Caribbean.
Iyer has not played any competitive cricket since the fourth Border-Gavaskar Test against Australia this March. After this he underwent back surgery in London, due to which he had to miss the entire IPL season. He was in line to return for the Ireland T20Is, but it was pushed back after NCA staff felt he needed a longer rehabilitation period.
Meanwhile, Rahul was sidelined towards the final stages of IPL 2023 after he injured his right thigh while fielding. Like Iyer, Rahul also underwent surgery in the UK and has been in rehab at the NCA for the last two months.
Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah all set for Ireland event
Both the players have now joined the team leaving for Ireland.