- Delhi Capitals pacer asked to join Indian team for T20 World Cup
- This is the second bowler, after Umran Malik, to stay with the Indian team in the UAE.
- In the current IPL, Avesh Khan occupies the second place in terms of taking most wickets.
New Delhi: Delhi Capitals pacer Avesh Khan has been asked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to stay in the UAE after the Indian Premier League (IPL) and join India’s T20 World Cup squad as a net bowler. The 24-year-old Avesh is the second fast bowler after Kashmir’s stormtrooper Umran Malik, who has been asked to join the team.
If BCCI sources are to be believed, this fast bowler may find a place in the list of standby players till the start of the World Cup on Sunday. India will start its campaign against Pakistan on 24 October. A BCCI source close to the selection committee told PTI on Tuesday, “The national selectors have decided to rope in Avesh as well. Right now he will be involved as a net bowler but if the team management feels then he can be included in the main players.
Avesh is capable of bowling at a fast pace and has so far picked up 23 wickets for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL season, who will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier on Wednesday. He is second in the list of highest wicket takers along with Harshal Patel (32 wickets).
The eyes of the support staff are also on the charge
“Avesh bowls at an average speed of 142 to 145 kmph, gets good bounce even from flat pitches and has been closely watched by the support staff for some time now,” the source said. Avesh also went to England as a standby with the Test team, but had to return mid-tour due to a fractured finger during India’s warm-up match against the combined county team.
Hardik Pandya will meanwhile be associated with the Indian team as a batsman while Venkatesh Iyer will be their cover. All-rounder Hardik is likely to play as a pure batsman in the T20 World Cup as he is not in a position to bowl as of now. It is learned that budding Knight Riders opener and fast bowler Venkatesh Iyer has been asked to stick to a biologically safe environment as cover.