Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of India’s squad for the Asia Cup 2022 because of a back injury, but Virat Kohli is set to return following his brief break from international cricket.
Harshal Patel has a rib injury and was also ruled out of the continental Twenty20 tournament, which is set to start Aug. 27 in the United Arab Emirates. India will meet archrival Pakistan in Dubai on Aug. 28.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement that Bumrah and Patel were undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The absence of strike paceman Bumrah is a big setback for India.
Vice-captain K.L. Rahul will return to action for the first time since the Indian Premier League in May. Rahul, who underwent surgery for a hernia, had been scheduled to play against the West Indies this month but was ruled out of the series after testing positive for COVID-19.
Even Mohammed Shami was not considered despite Bumrah’s absence. Several former India players have lambasted the decision, stating that Shami should have been preferred over Avesh Khan.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has backed the call. He said Shami was hammered by rivals in the last ICC T20 World Cup, which was played in the UAE.
“India didn’t select Mohammed Shami because he failed when he last played in the UAE. The selection committee has named players who are more agile in the field and can contribute with the bat as well.