Deepak Chahar has been included in India’s Asia Cup squad in place of Avesh Khan.© AFP
Fast bowler Avesh Khan has been ruled out of the Rest of Asia Cup due to fever-related illness, a senior BCCI official confirmed on Tuesday. Seamer Deepak Chahar, who was the stand-by for the tournament, has been drafted. “Avesh has fever and also has sinus-related problems which have worsened after the illness. It will not be possible for him to participate further in the tournament. Deepak Chahar is already present and he will be included in the main team.” Avesh has been in poor form since the West Indies tour and the Indian team management’s concern has increased after the Hong Kong batsmen scored more than 50 runs.
He was ruled out of the Pakistan game due to fever but coach Rahul Dravid expected him to be fit for the rest of the game.
With Avesh’s sinusitis problem coming to the fore, the medical team had no option but to get him out.
However in Chahar, India have a very powerful swing bowler who has a knack for taking wickets in the powerplay overs.
He recently made a comeback during the tour of Zimbabwe where he played two 50-over matches.
Since the Asia Cup squad was announced before the Zimbabwe tour, the selectors could not pick him in the primary squad as his match fitness was not proven by then.
“In any case, Deepak’s return was a matter of time as he was further down the pecking order than Avesh before the injury. Yes, it is an unfortunate circumstance that our fast bowler is out and we hope Avesh is out of the Australia series. Will fit first.” The source said.
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