It is understood that Indian captain Rohit Sharma will attend this meeting. SS Das will also be there, but via video conference as he is a selector on the Ireland tour with the second-tier team, which is currently in the middle of a three-match T20I series. According to PTI, head coach Rahul Dravid will also be present in his official capacity. The coach is generally not a part of the selection meetings.
Rohit’s participation is important as the selectors may also consider drafting the team for the World Cup. While the deadline to submit the team draft to the ICC is September 5, it is understood that the selection panel wants to pick the same 15 players for both the events as far as possible. The selected team, along with some stand-by players, will assemble in Bengaluru for a six-day camp before leaving for Colombo.
Iyer is understood to have ticked most of the boxes in his first practice game earlier this week, where he fielded the full 50 overs and batted for 38 runs without any trouble. NCA chief VVS Laxman and batting coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar kept a close watch on the match. Rahul, who did not feature in that game, is expected to line up with Iyer for the second practice game on Sunday.
Iyer, meanwhile, resolves the crucial No. 4 debate over fit. It’s a situation that proved troublesome for India at the 2019 World Cup, when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee emphasized Vijay Shankar’s all-round skills over Ambati Rayudu, who was named for most of India’s build-up. Was number 4. Competition. Ultimately, Shankar’s injury paved the way for Pant’s late inclusion in the team.
India will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Pakistan on September 2, before playing Nepal on September 4. Both matches will be played in Pallekele, with the top two teams from the group advancing to the Super 4, where they will play three more games.
After the Asia Cup, India will also play three ODIs at home against Australia in Chennai on October 8 before starting their World Cup campaign.